From the invisible world of meiofauna living in the sands of our beaches to a cephalopod called the 'Vampire Squid from Hell
' stalking the lightless depths, Hird takes us on an astonishing journey as he follows the tides and currents from shoreline to the bone-crushing pressure of the deep sea.
A rare sighting was Vampyroteuthis infernalis " Latin for"vampire squid from hell
." The odd creature has blue eyes, a dark red body and cloaklike webbing over its arms.
Researchers have only recently(http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/early/2012/09/13/rspb.2012.1357.full?sid=694f7416-bbb9-4c36-b806-13331d9cb36a) deduced the vampire squid's diet , which, given that the creature's full name means "vampire squid from hell
," should probably include something horrific.
The creature, whose Latin name Vampyroteuthis infer-nalis means Vampire squid from hell
has proportionately the largest eyes in the animal kingdom.