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#1 squid head

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Posted 09 February 2006 - 06:46 AM

Hello , can anyone tell me what kind of squid this is??? I got this in the belly of an adult harp seal, here on the east coast of canada, Ive seen them before in the belly of seals but this one wasnt eaten to long ago so i cleaned it up and took a picture.We call it '' bottle arse squid''or bottle ass squid.I know that aint the correct name ,its just something that the old fishermen has put on them,We never see them only in the bellies of adult seals which tell us thay are in deep, deep water. Can any one identify it? DSC00024.JPG
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Posted 09 February 2006 - 05:42 PM

My best guess is a bobtail squid..it lives in that part of the world...check out the link for photos.


Rossia (Rossia) megaptera
Verrill, 1881

大きさ 外套長3.2cm 特徴 外套膜はドーム状で、柔軟。チョコレート色。外套膜前縁は三角形に突出。鰭は耳型で大きく基部は外套長の70%近くなり、前葉は外套縁を超える。眼は大きい。腕吸盤は2列、Ⅲ腕はやや長い。触腕掌部は拡がらず、長く、微小吸盤が密生する。 生態 デビス海からニューイングランドにかけてのやゝ深海にすむ。

Bobtail squid with rather flabby mantle. ML. 32mm. Chocolate brown in color. Anterior end of dorsal mantle triangurlaly protruded. Fins very large with base attaining some 70% ML, anterior lobe exceeds mantle margin. Eye enormous. Arm sucker biserial. Arm Ⅲ rather long. Tentacle club not expanded but long, with heavily crowded minute suckers. Distrbuted in deep sea mainly from the Davis Straits down to New England.

Also check out this site which discusses this genus of squid:

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Posted 10 February 2006 - 05:43 AM

Thanks Glen,iam not sure if it had fins on the sides of it though,maybe they are .broken down and gone seeing it was food for a few hours!haah do ya know if they travel in schools??or just alone? do anyone catch them when they come to the shallow waters to spawn? and how shallow do they come?
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Posted 31 March 2007 - 05:08 AM

Found a few of those in some yellowfin tuna bellies this past fall while trolling the canyons... I had never seen one until then.

They have two tentacles that curl back on themselves, and are webbed where they do so... tuna seem to like them :)
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