"Females of this unusual octopus species sequester themselves in thin, translucent shells with which they drift across the open seas. Paper nautiluses, also called argonauts, secrete the shells to serve as cases for their eggs—but it has recently been discovered that they also function as air-trapping ballast tanks, which allow the cephalopods to hang effortlessly in the water column without sinking. Clever octopodes!"

Females of this unusual octopus species sequester themselves in thin, translucent shells with which they drift across the open seas. Paper nautiluses, also called argonauts, secrete the shells to serve as cases for their eggs.

Caribbean Reef Squid, Full Length by brucewarrenphotography on Flickr.

Caribbean Reef Squid, Full Length by brucewarrenphotography on…

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The finalists have been announced for Scuba Diving Magazine's 2013 Underwater Photography Contest! From sharks to coral to whales to turtles, here are the best-of-the-best of our reader submissions.

The tentacle of a giant squid, sporting large suckers. - Credit: Mark Norman, Museum Victoria

Release the Kraken! Giant Squid Photos

Squid TentacleCredit: Mark Norman, Museum VictoriaThe tentacle of a giant squid, sporting large suckers

The Giant Squid and Octopus Tables by Kirk McGuire | DROOL'D

Bronze sculpture giant squid dining table by Kirk McGuire Sculpture

Vampire Squid (Vampyroteuthis infernalis

This guy is named a vampire squid (Vampyroteuthis infernalis) not because he sucks blood but because he has the ability to "cape" himself up with his membrane, which is black underside, looking like a vampire wearing a black cape!

Commission sculpture - tables - Kirk McGuire Bronze Sculpture

Giant Squid Bronze Sculpture by / Kirk McGuire Bronze Sculpture & Tables Traditional Art / Sculpture / Figurative

#Bronze #sculpture by #sculptor Kirk McGuire titled: 'Giant (Bronze Life Like Giant Sea Squid sculpture/statue/statuette)'. #KirkMcGuire

by Kirk McGuire titled: 'Giant (Bronze Life Like Giant Sea Squid sculpture/statue/statuette)'.

Giant squid caught | You wouldn't miss this giant sea creature for squids | News.com.au

This big game fisherman in Australia managed to land a rare giant squid carcass!

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