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Despite its ghoulish name and looks, the vampire squid (pictured, an individual in 2004) isn't a bloodthirsty terror of the deep after all, a new study says.
Instead, the nightmarishly named species browses on "marine snow"ódead plankton, algae, fecal matter, goo, shells shed by tiny crustaceans, and other detritus.
The squid gather the food particles using two long, hair-lined filaments before wrapping the bits into meal-size mucus balls, according to undersea video footage, live lab observations of captive vampire squid, autopsies, and examination via electron microscope.
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