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Can Squids Fly?

Caribbean reef squids can jump out of the water and fly up to 30 feet (10 meters), which is about 50 times their body length. The Caribbean reef isn't the only squid that can fly though — there are at least six species of squid that have been seen flying. Scientists think that they use the same methods of propulsion for flying through the air as they do for gliding through the water.

More facts about squids:

  • The heaviest squid ever found weighed over 1,000 pounds (about 450 kg).

  • Squids have sharply serrated radula (an organ similar to a tongue), which cut up food before it reaches their stomach.

  • Besides expelling inky liquid (called sepia) to escape from attackers, squids can also change their skin color and texture to blend in with their surroundings.
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