The ocean’s mesopelagic or twilight zone is where Nature lets its freak flag fly. Extending 200 to 1,000 meters (600 to 3,000 feet) below the surface, this is a place where the scarcity of light has led to the evolution of all kinds of bizarre and fantastic creatures, among them Histioteuthis heteropsis or the cockeyed squid. Ever since it was discovered more than a century ago, scientists have puzzled over the size of its mismatched eyeballs. Now, thanks to one marine biologist’s quest to find out the answer, we might finally know the reason for its strange visage.
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