Item #: SCP-252

Laconic Containment Procedures: A breeding pair is kept in Foundation custody. There are speciments in the wild, containment is not required, but civilian encounters must be covered and, if needed, amnestics administered.

Laconic Description: A sub-species of the Humboldt Squid, it has no ink sac, but has an increased density of chromatophores1. When threatened or seizing prey, the specimen will use its chromatophores to confuse its prey or scare its predator with hallucinations.

The hallucinations cause the victim to see SCP-259 as a giant sea creature, which will always make them try to escape the vicinity. People that fall victim to its hallucinations will believe they're real and will try to rationalize its existence, no matter how crazy they may seem.

When seen through video, the hallucinations by SCP-259 are always reported as fake looking, but still quite frightening.

Additional Context: The Foundation thought the hallucinations by SCP-259 were real, because of that the article has a crossed out description and containment procedures that treat the SCP as a big, mean sea creature.

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