Bobtail squid

Discussion in 'Diving, Collecting and Environmental Discussions' started by SteveZi, 27 Dec 2011.

  1. SteveZi

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    Look at this cool little guy... actually, rather google bobtail squid to see some good photos.
    It's smaller than my thumbnail and resembles a mini strobe/party light.
    what a cool little cephalopod.
    maybe i should keep one... will have to research a bit.

    in the pic it was trying to mimic a hermit crab.
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    Very cool!
     
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    I’ve done some research and these guys are absolutely fantastic.
    They’ve even been out to space:
    http://news.discovery.com/space/bobtail-squid-hitches-a-ride-on-space-shuttle.html

    They can be kept in a relatively small system with a sandy bottom and not much else – they may even breed in captivity.
    They do not tolerate dirty water.
    They have a very short life span – less than a year, and can reach sexual maturity in 2months!
    If my research is correct, our local species is called Inioteuthis capensis
    I am VERY tempted to set up a little system and get 2 of these, they are great.
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    Where are they found in our waters Steve?
     
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    it is said to occur from Luderitz to Mosselbay - don't know how precise that is.
     
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    Very cool!
    What food would u use, mysid?
     
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    probably something like that - I saw there were a lot of those transparent swimming shrimp around(not what they call glass/ghost shrimp here, but similar only smaller) - I think this one was feeding on them.
    I would try frozen mysis, you never know...:)
    but will need to have a supply of live food available.
    I think with a little tweaking, one can keep some of these on your DSB.
     
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