Take a minute to remind yourself that the internet is an amazing thing, and that among its countless benefits is the ability to watch live streaming video from around the world. The Exploration Vehicle Nautilus is a research vessel currently on a mission to probe the Pacific waters off the United States’ West Coast, and armchair expeditionists can watch in real-time as the scientists plumb the oceans’ depths. The crew recently spotted this a purple stubby squid at a depth of 2,950 feet (900 meters), and as the video above made its way around the digital realm, the internet fell in love. Here, then — because why not? — are some verses about the little guy. Let’s start with three limericks before moving into haiku territory.
There once was a bright purple squid,
Caught on submarine camera and vid.
He charmed a heck of a lot of us,
Including the crew of the Nautilus,
Although there’s not all that much that he did.
So purple and with prominent eyes!
You’re not like the rest of the guys.
Perhaps a little odd,
Though not for a cephalopod,
Especially when considering your size.
Stubby, you sure are real cute,
Charismatic, and tiny, to boot!
So how ’bout we chat?
Learn a few facts?
When we’re done we promise we’ll scoot.
Hey, what’s your name, squid?
To friends and fam’ly.
You live ‘neath the sea,
Northern Pacific Ocean,
Asia to U.S.
How do you hunt prey?
A sticky mucus jacket
helps make dirt camo.
closer kin to cuttlefish.
(Lil’ spawn of Cthulhu?)
Known for googly eyes,
like a real-life Pokemon.
Gotta catch ’em all.
More from underseas?
Nautilus continues on;
you can watch live.