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Sepiolid burying behavior

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Haliphron Atlanticus
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=En7nlyy52QE


I posted this video on TONMO, but I'm not sure how you find it, so I'm also providing the YouTube address.

During our recent work on Lizard Island (North Queensland) we caught three of these small bottletailed squid. The smallest was 1.5 cm and the largest just over 2 cm. All three were taken at night (no moon) using a dive light. They were from sandy areas with patch reefs (1 - 17 m). I don't recall collecting this species before, but they were apparently common this August.

Like many sepiolids, they employ two arms to bury themselves in sand, but couple this with blasts of water from the funnel fore and aft. Also, when exposed they assume a characteristic orange color, but as they bury in the sand, they turn black and white.

Roy
 

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Wow, these videos are fantastic. Thank you for posting... now Heather Braid is whining about how she wants us to get one as a pet... there goes all my savings!
 

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