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 PM6 Comments


Jeff Day January 9, 2009 4:54 PM

I find his assertion that cutting your mate isn’t fun insulting and judgmental. Who’s he to judge what squid do in their free time?

Cannonball Jones January 10, 2009 3:10 AM

Hmm, if that’s what they get up to when no-one’s looking I might have to rethink getting one tattooed on my back. It’d be a nightmare trying to explain the cuts to the lifeguards at the pool…

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