Visitor from another planet? For the first time ever, we have bigfin reef squid (Sepiateuthis lessonouiana) in our Splash Zone exhibit!
Bigfin reef squid grow to 16 inches and live about a year; the ones on display are several months old. We hatched these from eggs we received earlier in the year from Japan. Like their squid and cuttlefish relatives, they feed on fish and crustaceans. They inhabit shallow temperate and tropical coastal waters in the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean and Hawaiian Islands. Unlike our local market and Humboldt squid, bigfin spend most of their time near coastal rocks and reefs. In many ways they look like cuttlefish due to their large fins and habit of sculling near reef structures.
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