Creature Feature: Introducing California Market Squid

Written by on June 6, 2016 in Invertebrates, Marine Life

Editor’s Note — This month, we will be sharing a series of articles from Follow Your Fish, a new sustainable seafood resource. Over the last year, I’ve been completing my master’s at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Follow Your Fish is the result of my capstone work, completed with with my friend and colleague, Kate Masury. Over the next month or so, we’ll be cross-posting a series of blogs about the California market squid supply chain, and possibly a few sections about American lobster and California spiny lobster. Enjoy! And follow @followyourfish on Instagram and Twitter to stay up to date.

Introducing California Market Squid

Fast Facts

  • Common name: California Market Squid
  • Scientific name: Doryteuthis (Loligo) opalescens
  • Size: 3mm at hatching to 152mm (6 inches) full grown
  • Lifespan: 6-10 months


There are about 750 recognized species of squid. Today (and for the next several weeks), we’ll be focusing on just one: Doryteuthis opalescence. Commonly called the California market squid, this species is found in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, ranging from southeastern Alaska to Baja California, Mexico. In the United States, they are the most abundant off the coast of Monterey Bay, CA.

5 Facts About Market Squid

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About the Author

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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