Not usually known for their aesthetic beauty, the Caribbean Reef Squid possesses unique anatomical characteristics, including impressive colors and patterns, that fulfill a range of survival functions. Check out our infographic below to get up close and personal with these beautiful creatures.
CARIBBEAN REEF SQUID FACTS
Here are a few more interesting facts about Caribbean Reef Squid in addition to their aesthetic anatomical characteristics described above:
- Every day they consume 30-60% of their overall body weight.
- They travel in schools of 4 to 30 and spread out at night to hunt individually.
- When hunting, they trick their prey by going vertical like underwater plant life.
- Juvenile reef fish, like the yellow jack, are sometimes found swimming alongside reef squid, possibly for protective purposes against larger pelagic fish.
- After offspring are born, the male and female parents die within a month.
- They have a jet propulsion system that enables them to quickly escape predators.
- Caribbean Reef Squid are not the same as cuttlefish. Cuttlefish can be recognized in comparison anatomically by their broader bodies and a fringe fin lining its whole body side.
CARIBBEAN REEF SQUID VIDEO
To see the beautiful Caribbean Reef Squid in action, take a look at the below video from Ocean Fontiers Dive Shop in the Cayman Islands. You'll see color changes, patterns, and its natural, elegant behavior.
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REFERENCES FOR CARIBBEAN REEF SQUID FACTS & FOOTAGEPhotography by Bob Cawood of the Florida Fishing Academy
All At Sea: Caribbean Reef Squid Facts
MARINEBIO: Reef Squid
Diving in Tanaga
Association between juvenile reef fish and the Caribbean reef squid Sepioteuthis sepioidea on north-eastern Brazilian coastal reefs
Youtube Video by Ocean Frontiers Dive Shop