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Vampire squids aren't the only creatures that seem like horrific nightmare-fuel at first glance, only to be mild-mannered in truth.
But it turns out that instead of sucking on fish blood, the vampire squid makes a modest living feeding on bits of dead marine life and other effluvia that floats down to the lower depths of the sea.
His books include "The Great Derangement: A Terrifying True Story of War, Politics and Religion" and, most recently, the critically hailed "Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America," which chronicles the events that led to the financial crisis of 2008.
Another of his picks is Matt Taibbi's "Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids and the Long Con that is Breaking America.
A Birmingham film maker who has filmed Vampire Squids from Hell has been named among the top 100 talents in the British television industry.
In this Steve filmed a variety of deep sea creatures collected from the ocean canyons of Monteray Bay, California, including the Vampire Squid which lives at depths of more than 1,000 metres.
The creature, whose Latin name Vampyroteuthis infer-nalis means Vampire squid from hell has proportionately the largest eyes in the animal kingdom.