Wild Animals

Squid

posted: 04/29/14
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Squid
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Allow me to introduce Myself: I'm a Squid!

Where You'll Most Likely Find Me: Temperate, deep saltwaters around the world.

What I Like to Eat: We love to dine on fish, crabs, shrimp and other crustaceans including injured or smaller squid.

Betcha Didn't Know This About Me: This is probably one of most-asked questions at Red Lobster and other seafood restaurants. What is in that scrumptious dish listed on the appetizer side of the menu called calamari? It's fried squid!

Who We Are: We are part of the family known as cephalopods. We breathe oxygen through a specialized organ called gills just like fish do. We have hard, pointed beaks that resemble those of a parrot. Our beaks are too tough for our prey to digest when they feed off of us. We can either live in schools or swim alone. We also have the ability to change our colors to protect ourselves from predators.

Swimming Style: One thing's for sure, swimming is not a leisure activity for us. If we don't swim continuously, we will sink to the bottom of the ocean. We are extremely fast swimmers traveling at speeds between 23 and 25 miles per hour. How do we move so quickly? We take water in and push it out in great force to help us propel through the deep waters swimming tail first.

Squid v Octopus: Many times people confuse us with the octopus, another well-known cephalopod. Both the squid and the octopus have eight arms and two long tentacles that are used to bring food right up to our mouths, so we understand why people think we look alike.

The Big One: If you a sci-fi fanatic, you are familiar with the giant squid. They are the largest invertebrates in the entire world. To put their massive dimensions in perspective, compare their size to that of a school bus. Even our 10-inch eyes are huge and are about the size of a small soccer ball.

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