December 14, 2005When it comes to their eggs, squid have
long been thought to have a lay-'em-and-leave- 'em policy. But today
a team from the University of Rhode Island and the Monterey Bay
Aquarium Research Institute announced their unprecedented observation
of a squid tending her young.
In this silent video filmed by a
remotely operated vehicle off California, a squid carries a tubular
pouch of thousands of eggs, opening and closing her arms in an
apparent attempt to flush the eggs with water and aerate them in oxygen-
poor depths. Finally, the mature eggs begin floating away from the
pouch and hatch.