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Small tubular squid about 16cm (6") long. Mantel is dark blue on dorsal surface, paling to light blue/silver along sides to ventral surface. Two bright blue 'neon' spots above the eyes. Wings are elongated triangles (longer than they are wide) and when in flight the tentacles are flattened out and joined by a membrane.
These were seen in northern New Zealand waters obviously on or above the surface over very deep water. They were disturbed by the ships hull and would would break the surface in front of the ship and glide for a good 15-20 meters. seen in groups of 6-20 and sometimes individually.
Todarodes pacificus has not been recorded in Southern Pacific as far as I know as normally a northern Pacific species.