When Lovecraft wrote about them, you didn't believe him? You thought: "Meh, that's just some horror writer inventing stuff!"
Well, THINK AGAIN!
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Spectacular deep sea pictures taken in Antarctica have revealed waters teeming with life.
Staff at the British Antarctic Survey captured the images as part of a project to explore biodiversity in the Bellingshausen Sea.
"Few people realise just how rich in biodiversity the Southern Ocean is — even a single trawl can reveal a fascinating array of weird and wonderful creatures as would be seen on a coral reef," said research team leader David Barnes.
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Octopuses have been captured on camera using coconut shells as disguises and for protection, astonishing the Australian scientists who made the discovery.
Footage shot off Indonesia shows an octopus crawling along the ocean floor with two coconut shell halves suctioned to its underside, behaviour which biologists describe as "bizarre".
The octopus then reassembles the coconut and hides inside it, confirming the species as a tool-carrying animal, according to National Geographic.
Researchers from Melbourne's Museum Victoria filmed 20 veined octopuses carrying the coconut shells that were nearly twice as big as their 8cm bodies.
IA, IA, Cthulhu Fthagn! Ph'nglui mglw'nfah Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn!