Terrifying 'Vampire Squid' Wants to Suck Your -- WHAT?! (VIDEO)

vampire squidWe told you about the zombie bees. We told you about the mutant butterflies. Now get ready to learn about the creepiest creature yet: The vampire squid. The what?! Yeah, you heard me: THE VAMPIRE SQUID. And this odd cephalopod's scientific name is even more terrifying: Vampyroteuthis infernalis literally translates to "vampire squid from hell." YIKES. Not that the vampire squid is anything new. It's actually a living fossil, which means it's been on the Earth for millions of years. But scientists didn't figure out how this mysterious marine animal has managed to survive all those years until recently. At which point they all looked at each other and went, "Ewwwww."

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Cause these guys don't have fangs for blood-sucking -- instead, they have long tendrils called "filaments" for pulling in bits of "marine waste" (basically poop, snot, and bits of dead fish), which they cover in globs of mucus and eat.

Ewwwww.

Honestly, I'm sort of starting to wonder if "vampire squid" is the best name for this thing. I mean, I'm no slouch when it comes to vampire-related trivia and I've never, ever heard about any vampires with an appetite for poop or snot instead of blood. Vampire squid are definitely scary-looking (but aren't most squid pretty scary-looking?!), but I wouldn't call them scary in the way most vampires are scary.

Check out this video, fellow-vampers, and tell me ...

Do you think the "vampire squid" is anything like a vampire?

 

Image via NationalGeographic/YouTube

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