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Cockatoo Squid | Nautilus Live

Translucent Cockatoo Squid Flutters By

Known as glass squid or cockatoo squid, the common names suit this uncommon-looking cephalopod that floats thanks to an ammonia-filled body. Taonius borealis is a deep sea cephalopod commonly found North Pacific Ocean, seen to a max length of 50cm (20in). Its transparent body clearly reveals a cigar-shaped digestive gland, though color-changing chromatophores flash reddish hues to help the squid blend in. Carrying tentacles above its head, the squid generally looks straight ahead, but can also direct its eyes laterally, giving its cockatoo-like appearance an extra googly-eyed flair.