Thursday, April 4, 2013

Humbolt Squid Crittercam Reveals A Fast, Strong, and Flashing Beast

Scientists attached a "crittercam" to  Humbolt squid and said, WOW after watching what happens under the sea with these remarkable creatures.

Here are some amazing new facts explained by Science News:

 Humbolt squid:
  •  Are capable of amazing bursts of speed, up to nearly 45 mph (72 km/h)--the same as the fastest ocean fish
  •  They "talk" to each other by changing their body color--like flashing Christmas tree lights
  •  They hunt in big organized groups
  •  Smaller squid tend keep their distance from the bigger ones 
  • Their bite is one of the world's most powerful--one squid shattered a Kevlar plate (20 times stronger than steel) with its beak. A crocodile may be the only animal with a stronger bite.
Humboldt Squid picture 2Humboldt squid can grow to more than 6 feet (2 meters) in length and 100 pounds (45 kilograms) in weight. They have razor-sharp beaks and toothed suckers.  They usually feed on small fish and plankton that are no more than a few inches in length.

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