Monday, April 1, 2013

Speedy squid

After blogging about squid numerous times, including recently, only now do I learn that the Humboldt variety (PICTURED) are capable of fantastic speeds. Also called jumbo squid, because they can reach 6' in length and up to 100 lbs. in weight, they hunt in groups and coordinate their actions by changing colors. Scientists are baffled by these "color conversations." Stanford University biologist William Gilly admits, "We don't know exactly what those discussions mean." But by strapping a camera to a Humboldt squid in the eastern Pacific, researchers have recently determined that it is able to reach speeds greater than a racehorse can on the track: up to 45 miles an hour (72 km/h)!

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