How squids outsmart their predators - Carly Anne York
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The giant squid (Architeuthis dux) has been of particular interest to researchers and to the public because of its large size and folklore. Until recently, the giant squid had never been filmed alive in its habitat. However, researchers recently caught it on video during a deep-sea excursion. Oceanographer Edith Widder shares how her team finally found and filmed the giant squid in her Ted Talk.
While the search to understand the giant squid is truly fascinating, many research teams are working on understanding the biomechanics and physiology through smaller squid species. The Bartol Lab at Old Dominion University collaborates with engineers on NSF-funded projects aimed at understanding the muscle physiology and fluid mechanics of squid swimming. This data helps researchers understand how squid can efficiently maneuver, given their unique ways of swimming via jet propulsion. The Mooney Lab at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is investigating bioacoustics in squid, as well as the physiological impacts of climate change and ocean acidification. The Hanlon Lab at Marine Biological Laboratory has been at the forefront of research on squid behavior, particularly their extraordinary camouflaging abilities. This cutting-edge research will help scientists grow in their understanding of these fascinating invertebrates.
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