WHAT IS A SQUID?
These cephalopods have 8 arms and 2 longer tentacles. The origin of the name isn’t known. Some though have guessed that sailors originally called them “squirts” due to their habit of squirting ink when frightened. The name was thought to have gradually evolved into the present day “squid.” They basically look like a head with some feet stuck onto them, and not much else. Some species can grow to almost 50 feet in length, and swim as fast as 15 m.p.h. (24 k.p.h.). They are unique in that they use organic jet propulsion technology to move around. While as predators go they have a soft body, their beak allows them to rip into and dismember prey trapped in their tentacles. And in keeping with their sci-fi like appearance, some species are also capable of changing their appearance to act as camouflage!
WHERE DO SQUID COME FROM?
It turns out that hundreds of millions of years ago, squid, octopus and cuttlefish all had a common ancestor. Today they can be found in both cold and more temperate waters around the world. However this creature tends to thrive in cold salt water environments.
WHEN IS SQUID IN SEASON?
While they have a short life span, these creatures live for up to 5 years and so can be caught year-round. One popular method among commercial fisherman is to cover their boat in bright lights and fish at night. The squid will literally try to swarm the boat and are then easily caught by net.
DO SQUID HAVE DONUTS FOR BRAINS?
This cephalopod is unique in that its throat runs through a hole in the middle of its brain. They have to be careful not to swallow anything too big for fear of their meal hitting their brain on the way down to their stomach.
ARE SQUID HEALTHY TO EAT?
Yes they are. Squid are relatively safe to eat in terms of mercury content. Fresh salmon has a similar low level of mercury. Unfortunately the recipe for calamari is where most squid end up. While frying it in oil isn’t the healthiest option, served grilled with a slice of lemon this is both a delicious and nutritious food.