Untangling The Long-Armed Mystery Of The Bigfin Squid

We know very little about bigfin squid due to the depths of its home (around 4,800 metres deep). One of its most intriguing mysteries is surprisingly not its large, heart-shaped fins, but instead its spindly arms. They’re unusually long, trailing behind the squid, and are bent like puppet strings. Scientists speculate their length may have been adapted to help catch prey, much like a long net or a “living spider web”. Others describe it in a more romantic light; “it carries out an ethereal existence—daintily drifting in the inky abyss”. Read full article here


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