Firefly Squid . By: Haley Tapper and Alexx Thomas. The Firefly Squid. My Scientific Name: Watasenia Scintillans My Other Names: Sparkling Enope Squid I am a member of the Cephalopod family
By: Haley Tapper and Alexx Thomas
I am found throughout the western pacific ocean around depths stretching from 600-1200 feet.
During mating season I migrate in large numbers to Toyama bay in Japan
I flash my blue lights in patterns in which I turn on and off to attract prey and then pounce on them with my tentacles.
At night, I migrate to the surface in search for food then return at depths of 1,200 feet.
Consuming shrimp, crabs, fish and planktonic crustaceans.
My photospheres can be used against as a warning signal against predators or as counter-illumination camouflage
The northern fur seal is a known predator
Humans – I can be eaten raw or cooked
I use my photospheres to disguise my shape, confusing predators and allowing me to escape
My bioluminescence is a handy survival adaptation that I employ in a handful of different ways.
I can intimidate predators with my lights.
I can bewilder predators with them, making the outlines of my body unclear and thus buying me extra time to flee hazardous scenes.
I can even draw in possible mates using my lights.
We reproduce rapidly
People eat us
Breeding season runs from March to May.
We gather in large numbers in Toyama Bay in japan to lay our eggs.
The adult squid die once their fertilized eggs are released into the water.
This completes our one-year lifespan
Our eggs hatch in 6 to 14 days depending on the water temperature which can vary between 6 to 16 degrees Celsius.