Friday Squid Blogging: Bizarre Squid Reproductive Habits
Lots of them:
Hoving investigated the reproductive techniques of no fewer than ten different squids and related cuttlefish -- from the twelve-metre long giant squid to a mini-squid of no more than twenty-five millimetres in length. Along the way he made a number of remarkable discoveries. Hoving: "Reproduction is no fun if you're a squid. With one species, the Taningia danae, I discovered that the males give the females cuts of at least 5 centimetres deep in their necks with their beaks or hooks -- they don't have suction pads. They then insert their packets of sperm, also called spermatophores, into the cuts."
Posted on January 9, 2009 at 4:06 PM • 6 Comments