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A Squid visits Middlesex Elementary School

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On Thursday, January 7, Mrs. [Sara] Beam from the Chesapeake Bay Governor’s School brought a Humboldt Squid to Middlesex Elementary School.  

The students learned a lot about this type of squid. They can change colors four times per second, and scientists think that this is how the squid communicates. The squid has a sharp beak to help them eat their prey, which includes lantern fish and other small squid. They also have teeth on their tentacles! Humboldt Squid can grow to be 6 feet long and can weigh 100 pounds. Sperm whales eat squid, so the squid use ink as a smoke screen type of defense. The students definitely enjoyed learning about the squid and having the chance to see one in real life! (The photo caption above was written by second grade students in the gifted and talented program at MES. )

posted 02.10.2010

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