A to Z Cephalopods: D for Dana Octopus Squid

Dana Octopus Squid Illustration
© 2013 Sylvia Liu

Dana Octopus Squid facts:

  • The Dana octopus squid is one of the larger squids (reaching a length of 7.5 feet), living deep underwater
  • It has bioluminescent organs on the tips of its arms that it uses to shock and confuse its prey
  • When they mate, the male cuts deep gashes in the female's flesh where he deposits his sperm

Many of the facts I'm using for this series come from an excellent book, THE CURIOUS, EXCITING, AND SLIGHTLY DISTURBING SCIENCE OF SQUID, by Wendy Williams.

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