Squid are cephalopods and are characterized by bilateral body symmetry, a prominent head, and a set of arms or tentacles. Some have been given the nickname inkfish by fishermen because of their ability to squirt ink. Many squid species have the ability to alter their colouration to blend in with their local environment.
The Firefly Squid is found in typical 600–1200 feet in the ocean areas they inhabit. Like other squids they can change their colouration, but with an added twist. The FS has a form of bioluminescence that produces a blue glow on its underside. It is believed this is to help protect it from predators that dwell below it, the glow helping it to mask itself against the sunlight that filters through from above.
Hooks & Rumours
- Those with an interest in tattoos and body modification have been seeking out the glowing chemical for their tattoos.
- Firefly Squid ink is being sought after by culinary experimenters for the rather unique flavor it gives to sauces and dishes.
- The flesh of the Firefly squid is said to produce powerful hallucinations when mixed with other easy to acquire household chemicals.
- Every so often a massive amount of FS end up on local beaches. This year the amount of squid bodes found has almost doubled leading experts to wonder if something is very wrong with the local population.
- Due to the fact that some scientists belive cephalopods to be quite intelligent, a breeding program has been established to naturally increase their intelligence. Rumours abound that artificial means of boosting their intelligence, such as chemicals and genetic tampering are being used to speed up the process.
Inspired by : Watasenia scintillans (Firefly Squid)