Posts tagged squid
Ink from 160-million-year-old giant squid is essentially identical to today’s squid ink.
The discovery suggests that the ink and the ink-screen escape mechanism of squid have not evolved much (if at all) since the Jurassic Period. The finding, published in the latest Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, might just prove that if it isn’t broken, nature isn’t going to fix it.
The enormous eyes of giant and colossal squid may help them spot predatory sperm whales in their dim undersea habitat, a new study finds.
These mysterious squid are tough to spot and even tougher to study in their natural habitat. But squid that have been caught or observed have huge, basketball-size peepers — three times the diameter of another other animal, including behemoths of similar size, such as swordfish.
hey don’t just leap like dolphins, mind you. They actually accelerate through the air like rockets, by forcefully squirting water out of their bodies.
“It turns out that when these animals are flying, they move about five times as fast as they ever do when they’re swimming,” cephalopod expert Ronald O’Dor of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, told Discovery News.