Jet-propelled calamari: Rare photos of squid species that can leap through the air to dodge predators
Graham Ekins, 60, a retired deputy head teacher from Boreham, Essex, took the shots in the waters south of Japan.
'There was a group of about 20 flying squid and they sensed danger from the bow wave of the boat and their defence mechanism is to leap out of the water.'
He added: 'However, there is a bird called the red-footed booby - which is like a gannet - that waits for them to leap from the water and then picks them off in the air.
'They have a lot of predators and are an important source of food in Japan. They are prolific reproduces and only live for about a year.
Originally posted by aboutface
S&F for the info and the thread. I was surprised at the small size of them in the video. Somehow I pictured them as being a foot long at least. And how interesting is it that they fly backwards too. Are they the only marine species to do that?
Originally posted by ~widowmaker~
reply to post by OmegaLogos
"Personal Disclosure: I love to be continually astounded by the profound wonders mother nature has in store for us to observe in the wild"
until one of profound wonders eats you ^^
pretty cool stuff,
but, how do they taste? ^^
Properly cooked, squid has a mild flavor, similar to shellfish. If it is overcooked it becomes rubbery, but then so do scallops, lobster, shrimp and even chicken. Squid does not need to be cooked very long.