Video: Unique Behavior of Jumbo Squid

Written by on April 1, 2013 in Invertebrates, Marine Life
Humboldt or jumbo squid (Dosidicus gigas).

Humboldt or jumbo squid (Dosidicus gigas). Photo credit: NOAA/MBARI 2006.

Did you know that the Humboldt squid flashes different colors when it sees another squid? It’s also capable of reaching speeds up to 45 mph, meaning it could compete with some of the world’s fastest fish, even if only for a short time.

By using a child’s bathing suit as an elastic band, Stanford biology Professor William Gilly and his research team were able to attach a camera to a Humboldt squid (Dosidicus gigas) which allowed them to capture some amazing footage of the creatures in their natural habitat.

In the following video, Gilly discusses his work with the Humboldt squid and what the Crittercam revealed. You can also read the whole article from Stanford to learn more: Stanford biologist gets a squid’s eye view.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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