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NOAA Photo Library Image - expl8166

Large red squid near seafloor. Pholidoteuthis adami. The red color serves as camouflage as the only light found in the depths of the ocean is blue. Blue light does not reflect off red animals and makes them much more difficult to see unless having a source of bright white light such as on the Little Herc ROV.

Image ID: expl8166, Voyage To Inner Space - Exploring the Seas With NOAA Collect
Credit: NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program, Gulf of Mexico 2012 Expedition

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