Cailey Rizzo
August 16, 2016

Just because you’re a clear-thinking, logical scientist doesn’t mean that you are immune to a cute face.

Scientists aboard Nautilus, an underwater exploration team, discovered the adorable—and adorably named—stubby squid off the coast of Southern California last week.

The stubby squid, which looks like a cross between an octopus, squid and a Pokémon, is actually closely related to the cuttlefish. (Although we prefer to think of this little guy as a cuddle fish.)

“It looks like some little kid dropped their toy!” one member of the team exclaimed upon discovery.

The cephalopod, which goes by the Rossia Pacifica in some circles, is native to the northern Pacific Ocean. It usually lingers about 1,000 feet below sea level, but this particular one was found at nearly 3,000 feet.

Those diving to spot a stubby squid will have the best luck on a nighttime, winter dive. The six-centimeter-long creatures tend to bury themselves on sloping patches of muddy sand, leaving only their googly eyes peaking out.

The Nautilus team often live broadcasts their dives around the world, which you can tune into on their website. Since the stubby squid broadcast, Nautilus has moved up north and is currently exploring the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, off the coast of San Francisco.

Cailey Rizzo writes about travel, art and culture and is the founding editor of The Local Dive. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter @misscaileyanne.

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