Southern Dumpling Squid | Euprymna tasmanica

"Like other species in the genus Euprymna, E. tasmanica bury themselves in the seafloor during the day and use their second pair of arms to rake sand grains over its head and body. The entire upper surfaces of their skin contain two very special cell types. One acts like a glue, holding a coat of sand over the body- so that even if flushed out of the sand by a predator the sand will remain. The second are special acid cells that can be used to disconnect the entire sand coat at once- leaving it as a sinking decoy for a predator while the squid jets away.”   -

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Southern Dumpling Squid | Euprymna tasmanica

"Like other species in the genus Euprymna, E. tasmanica bury themselves in the seafloor during the day and use their second pair of arms to rake sand grains over its head and body. The entire upper surfaces of their skin contain two very special cell types. One acts like a glue, holding a coat of sand over the body- so that even if flushed out of the sand by a predator the sand will remain. The second are special acid cells that can be used to disconnect the entire sand coat at once- leaving it as a sinking decoy for a predator while the squid jets away.”   -

(Photo Credit: x)

Southern Dumpling Squid | Euprymna tasmanica

"Like other species in the genus Euprymna, E. tasmanica bury themselves in the seafloor during the day and use their second pair of arms to rake sand grains over its head and body. The entire upper surfaces of their skin contain two very special cell types. One acts like a glue, holding a coat of sand over the body- so that even if flushed out of the sand by a predator the sand will remain. The second are special acid cells that can be used to disconnect the entire sand coat at once- leaving it as a sinking decoy for a predator while the squid jets away.”   -

(Photo Credit: x)


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