Randy VAMPIRE SQUID romps stun scientists: Unique sex life detailed
Vampire squid seem to be the talk of the town. Researchers have come to conclude that they don’t swim so much as float. It has been found that Vampire squid actually do so by very little oxygen while also consuming a low-calorie diet of zooplankton and detritus.
This is not the only thing that they differ with other vampires. Researchers have concluded that they also differ in reproduction.
They donâ€™t reproduce like others in their late lives and do it all in once. They reproduce and rest and then reproduce again.
While talking about the phenomenon Henk-Jan Hoving, one of the lead researchers says, â€œTheir slow mode of life seems insufficient to support one big reproductive event, unlike other coleoid cephalopodsâ€¦Perhaps it is therefore that vampire squid return to a gonadal resting phase after spawning, and presumably start accumulating energy for a new reproductive cycle.â€
The development seems to be a sort of shock for researchers who were completely unaware of it. They reportedly first discovered this mode of reproduction while going through vampire squid collections. They found to their amazement that some females had spawned but had no ripe or developing eggs. They concluded that they were in a reproductive resting phase.
Hoving while detailing the findings says, â€œWe know very little about deep-sea organisms and their life-cycle patterns, in particular in the water column of the deep seaâ€¦The patterns we know from coastal and shallow-water organisms may not apply to deep-sea species. We need to enhance our knowledge of deep-sea pelagic organisms and the system they are part [of] since the pelagic deep sea is the largest living space on the planet. A better understanding of this unique marine ecosystem will eventually allow for better development of management and conservation strategies.â€