Squid: The Inside Story
How does a squid eat?
A sharp, horny beak cuts up food into bite-sized chunks. The giant squid's beak is 1 1/2 times the size of this one from Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni, a large squid that lives in waters around Antarctica.
3/4 view drawing of squid with open beak and radula sticking out
A file-like radula rams food down the throat and esophagus, which
passes directly through the brain to the stomach.
Giant squid radula magnified 30 times by a Scanning Electron Microscope
Photo Credit: Clyde F.E. Roper/National Museum of Natural History
Ocean Planet Exhibition
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