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Squid

REFLECTION by Biripi Creator Michael Scarrott
 
In Gathang Squid can be described as Walang djukal bathugawhich means large head in water.
 
Scientists recently discovered a fossil of a squid-like creature attacking its prey, dating back almost 200 million years.
 
Squids have soft bodies, like octopus, but have a small internal skeleton. They have evolved tubular bodies, two eyes on either side of their conical head, and have 10 arms, two are elongated with tentacles for dexterous control. They have a beak like mouth for breaking down food and can move very swiftly through the water using water jet propulsion. 
 
They have a wide distribution across coastal and oceanic waters and feed on a variety of fish, crustaceans, crabs and sometimes other squids. Some species have been observed hunting in groups. 
 
Squid perform an important role in the marine food web and range in size from around 2cm (Pygmy Squid) through to the enormous deep sea Giant squid confirmed to measure almost 13 metres long. The colossal squid has the largest eyes on the planet. 
 
Squid are highly intelligent creatures and have evolved advanced skin cells and nervous systems that effectively enable them to control the colour and appearance of their bodies making them highly skilled in the art of camouflage. Some have even developed means to exploit bioluminescence to attract prey. They can eject ink into the water to aid as a distraction strategy against predators such as sharks, humans, sea birds, seals and sperm whales.  
 
To me the Squid is an awe inspiring example of self improvement. The creature has made great leaps forward to aid in its preservation. It is astounding to me that this creature has made physical and neurological advances to provide means to make themselves effectively invisible. They are to be admired for their ingenuity and innovation. 
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Michael Scarrott
References and information:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squid

https://www.britannica.com/animal/squid

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