Piglet Squid

Some times I find myself in random corners of the Interweb, pleasantly lost, and then I come face to face with the piglet squid!

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Unaccustomed to Earth’s atmosphere, the visitor quickly perished.

The following info is from a short press release provided by the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium when they found this little tyke.

Piglet Squid, Helicocranchia pfefferi

This funny looking squid is about the size of a small avocado and can be found most commonly in the deepwater (greater than 100 m or 320 ft) of virtually all oceans. Its habit of filling up with water and the funny location of its siphone with a wild-looking ‘tuft’ of eight arms and two tentacles had prompted scientists to name it the piglet squid.

The body is almost totally clear revealing a dark mass that is the internal organs and barely visible, feather-like gills. Pigment organs dot the surface of the skin. In the picture a row of these ‘chromatophores’ provide a smile-like look. There are two small finst at the opposite end of the body from the head. Very little known of its biology. It has been observed from submersibles in the head down oriengation, but no one is sure why. It is a sluggish swimmer with ammonium ions in its body fluid that help keep it bouyant. A large light producing organ (photophore) is located beneath each of its large eyes.


  1. #1 Pat
    October 20, 2008

    I think this ought to win some kind of Cosmic Award. It is almost too comical to believe. Where can I get a dozen of them?

  2. #2 Kevin Z
    October 20, 2008

    Wow. Awesome find! That is just weird. Like your brother.

  3. #3 milkshake
    October 20, 2008

    “ammonium ions in its body fluid that help keep it bouyant”

    Ammonia can surely make the the poor piglet stink like Windex-drinking hobo.

  4. #4 Mad Hussein LOLscientist, FCD
    October 21, 2008

    LOL @ teh ky00t!

  5. #5 The Perky Skeptic
    October 21, 2008

    Just when I think the creatures of this planet can’t get any cuter… SQUEE!!! 🙂

  6. #6 Ben Blench
    October 22, 2008


    (Scientists are rubbish at naming things).

  7. #7 icall bs
    October 24, 2008

    I’m calling photoshop on the is one

  8. #8 Andrew
    October 24, 2008

    you know those wily Cabrillo Marine Aquarium researchers, always up to photoshopping little known species and publishing papers on them. what goofballs!

  9. #9 dragonfly
    November 6, 2008

    Piglet squid, piglet squid, does whatever a piglet squid can…

  10. #10 Ali Thomas
    January 15, 2009
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    January 15, 2009

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  12. #12 ym
    January 16, 2009

    Another great looking beanbag toy!

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  17. #17 ashley
    February 18, 2009

    OMG the piglet squid is so cute i wish i could have one

  18. #18 ashley
    February 18, 2009

    they need to get more info on the piglet squid for the people that have to do work on it but it is still soooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!! cute

  19. #19 bob
    February 18, 2009

    spider pig spider pig does what ever a spider pig does does he swing from a web no he cant becouse he’s apig

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    February 28, 2009

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    March 7, 2009

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    March 12, 2009

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    March 13, 2009

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    March 17, 2009

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    March 17, 2009

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    March 23, 2009

    My name is chris, sex?

  28. #28 caitlyn and samantha
    April 29, 2009

    do any of you guys know what unusaul features the piglet squid has??

  29. #29 Caitlyn & samantha
    April 30, 2009

    who in the heck is the chris dude writing the thing about sex?

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    May 21, 2009

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    November 6, 2009

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    November 6, 2009

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    November 15, 2009

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  39. #39 outdoor clothes dryer
    November 17, 2009

    Wow, that’s kind of horrifying, actually. I mean, sure it’s cute (and I can see where the name comes from) but dang. It really does look like a little piglet, amazingly. Who knows what else the deep holds? There’s still so much left to be discovered.

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    November 18, 2009

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  42. #42 armuss
    December 24, 2009

    incrideble funny creature, very very lovely , should have to have more pictures of them
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  43. #43 emily j.
    February 17, 2010

    you are right. i am doing a poem on them, Ashely, #18. iam doing it for school and my teacher is lame.

  44. #44 joey
    March 8, 2010

    hwo and what does it eat?

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    March 14, 2010

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