Species of Grimpoteuthis, as with many other species of cirrates undergo great shrinkage with fixation and preservation. The cirrate on the left, identified as G. wuelkeri by Uwe Piatkowski, was photographed directly after its capture. The photograph of the same specimen, on the right, was taken after two years in ethanol. While the relative sizes of the two have not been maintained here, note that the eyes and fins appear relatively larger after preservation.
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