Look what I found while googling for story-starters. Love this site for cool pics and facts. This cutie pie is a Piglet Squid.The following info is from a short press release provided by the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium when they found this little tyke.
Piglet Squid, Helicocranchia pfefferi
The body is almost totally clear revealing a dark mass that is the internal organs and barely visible, feather-like gills. Pigment organs dot the surface of the skin. In the picture a row of these 'chromatophores' provide a smile-like look. There are two small finst at the opposite end of the body from the head. Very little known of its biology. It has been observed from submersibles in the head down oriengation, but no one is sure why. It is a sluggish swimmer with ammonium ions in its body fluid that help keep it bouyant. A large light producing organ (photophore) is located beneath each of its large eyes.
I live about 20 minutes from the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. I have got to pack up the kids and go see this little guy.