A group of scientists researching the ocean floor near California stumbled upon a cartoonish yet adorable creature, known as a Stubby Squid.
The scientists and researchers on board E/V Nautilus found the purple googly-eyed sea creature hanging out at the bottom of the ocean.
The crew captured footage of their new friend and posted it to YouTube Friday, where it has received more than 200,000 views.
The crew on board was so curious about the Stubby Squid, which are related more to cuttlefish than true squids, they each took a turn expressing their fascination on the little guy.
One member said: “It looks so fake.”
“It’s like some little kid dropped their toy,” said another.
One person said: “Look at those googly eyes!”
As the crew pointed their camera at the docile squid, they were hoping it would move around so they could study it more. Instead, the Stubby Squid just stood where it was and never moved, keeping its giant eyes fixated on the camera.
Stubby Squids are native to the north Pacific between Japan and Southern California.
The E/V Nautilus is part of the Ocean Exploration Trust (OET) — led by famed oceanographer and explorer Dr. Robert Ballard. The group on board was part of a four-month exploration of the ocean floor near British Columbia and down the west coast of North America to Southern California.
“Lewis and Clark traveled for more than two years and had to wait to return home to share what they’d seen. Now, the moment a discovery is made, scientists can virtually step aboard the ship and share findings in real time as well as help direct the minute-by-minute operations. This is a voyage of discovery everyone can make,” Dr. Ballard, said in a statement.