Spotlight on Squid

With their soft bodies, squid make a great food source for many marine creatures, including fish, sharks, whales and birds. As such, they must use a range of ingenious defence methods to protect themselves from predators, from releasing dark ink when attacked to changing colours to match their surroundings. These amazing cephalopods can move as fast as sharks in short spurts, using a form of jet propulsion. They fill their muscular mantle cavity with water and then expel it out of an organ named a siphon, which is positioned at the side of their heads, powering themselves along like rocket ships. Click on an image below to enjoy more beautiful squid photographs from our library.

 
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