The Carribean Reef Squid (Sepioteuthis sepioidea) is one of my favorite reef creatures to observe. Sometimes shy, and often curious, every encounter with this cephalopod is unique.
Reef squid are often found in schools in shallow reef areas. Some encounters are brief, as a disturbed or threatened squid can employ jet propulsion to swiftly exit the area (blink and you’ll miss it).
Yet an experienced diver, snorkeler, fish watcher or photographer can occasionally enjoy a prolonged encounter by staying relatively still, approaching slowly and avoiding exaggerated or quick movements.
Here are some cool facts about the Reef Squid.
-This species communicates and sends signals by changing it’s body color. If it senses a threat, it will turn very pale while retreating.
-Both male and female Reef Squid die after reproducing.
-It is known to consumer 30-60% of its body weight per day.