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This creature is just too adorable to be true!

Spotted by a vessel called the E/V Nautilus, which is exploring the ocean off the coast of California, the control team couldn’t believe their eyes and went in for a close-up.

The the E/V Nautilus project is studying biology, geology, archeology, and more. The creature (Rossia Pacifica) looks like a cross between an octopus and squid, but is more closely related to cuttlefish, and was spotted at a depth of 900 metres.

Watch their reaction when they discovered this amazing creature below!

This species spends life on the seafloor, activating a sticky mucus jacket and burrowing into the sediment to camouflage, leaving their eyes poking out to spot prey like shrimp and small fish. Rossia pacifica is found in the Northern Pacific from Japan to Southern California usually at a depth of up to 300m, but have also been spotted as far down as 1300m.