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Vancouver Aquarium's baby opalescent squids

By Leonard Ho - Posted May 29, 2012 11:00 AM
Vancouver Aquarium began rearing close to 400 opalescent squid (Doryteuthis opalescens) paralarvae in March, 2012. They have posted a spectacular video of a tiny baby squid. Keep in mind the baby you see is the size of a rice grain!

The amazing macro video demonstrates the unique locomotion of squids.  Fins steer and stabilize the squid as jet propulsion launches it to its destination.  And the tiny dark spots you see ... they're individual chromatophores (color-changing pigment cells) the squid will learn to use as it matures.

Read more about their new opalescent squids on the Vancouver Aquarium blog.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.

Website: http://www.advancedaquarist.com.

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