Project Description

This swimming stubby squid (Rossia pacifica) was on the hunt at night, but not too interested in hanging around a large bubble blowing diver so decided to be on its way.  In this photo you can see the stubby squid using both its body fins and siphon (water jet propulsion) for maximum movement.  I think it’s interesting that during the day this small squid will bury itself in the sediment with just its eyes poking above to keep a lookout.  These cool little animals unfortunately have very short lifespans and live for only two years.  The compact stubby squid can reach a length of about 6 inches (15 cm), with a range that includes Japan and Korea to Siberia, as well as northern Alaska to northern Mexico.