Stubby Squid

Stubby Squid24″x24″

Stubby Squid
Rossia pacifica

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Friday Harbor Marine Laboratories, University of Washington
San Juan Island, Washington

Archival Pigment Print

Susan captured this delightful animal in mid-stride as it “walked” along the aquarium floor in a movement typical of the species. Not in fact a squid, the stubby squid’s lifestyle Is very different from those streamlined swimmers: It’s found near the ocean bottom, buried in sand during the daytime and crawling on the surface at night. Its reason for hiding in the day may be to escape the notice of both predators and prey. While it sometimes buries itself completely, at other times the bobtail leaves its eyes and the tip of a waving tentacle exposed, suggestive of an animal luring in unsuspecting food items.