Posted by: underseaencounters | June 15, 2009

A Different Sort of Vampire

The other day I googled my book series Undersea Encounters to see what came up. I found two interesting mentions of the series that I’m going to share with you. This is a Shameless Plug Post, but occasionally I like to spread the news about my (other) babies.

I have written about vampires…but not the undead you’re probably familiar with who sleep in crypts (or perhaps sparkle in the sunlight like the famous Edward Cullen). No, these are undersea vampires—called vampire squids.

Vampire Squid

Vampire Squid

I wrote about vampire squids in Octopuses and Squids, a book that is included as a reference in the American Library Association’s list of The Five Strangest Animals on the Planet. Here’s what they write about the vampire squid:

Vampire Squid don’t turn into bats or suck your blood, but they’re still pretty creepy. These sea creatures live in the deepest, darkest and coldest parts of the ocean where they squirt neon ooze at other species and turn completely inside out.

Some of the other strange animals they include are the star-nosed mole, the lungless frog, and an animal I’ve never heard of: The Long-Eared Jerboa, which is a sort of bouncing rodent that looks like a miniature Dumbo.

UPDATE: Check out this YouTube video from Planet Earth, narrated by David Attenborough, about the Vampire Squid:

The other mention of the series is on scientist Janet Stemwedel’s blog, Sprog Blogging, which is on the Year of Science 2009 website, where she explains in dialogue the differences between syngnathids and cephalopods. The post has some great photos (scroll a bit down the page to see) from two of the Undersea Encounters books. If you don’t know what syngnathids and cephalopods are, check out the post—-you may be surprised!



  1. I wish I could squirt neon ooze– it would come real handy in uncomfortable situations.

    Love shameless plugs :)!

  2. True…that could come in handy…

    And it might be cool to be able to turn oneself inside out and have a nifty cape with spikes on the outside too!

  3. Amen.

  4. We need a vampire squid superhero.

    The Vampire Squid Chronicles?


  5. Hey, great idea!

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