As it turns out, not all vampires are pointy-toothed Transylvanian counts or lovelorn, sparkly teenagers. Sometimes, they're squid.
The vampire squid, or Vampyroteuthis infernalis (formerly Melanoteuthis lucens, as it was called in the plate above), dwells 2,000-3,000 feet under the sea. It has a dark body, red eyes and generally creepy appearance, perfectly suitable for such a horrofic name. This image, from Prince Albert I of Monacco's Résultats des campagnes scientifiques accomplies sur son yacht was recently digitized, but we've pulled together our all time favorite frightening images for you in Flickr.
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