Squid: The Inside Story
How does a squid move?
Click on the image above to see an mpeg video (128 Kbytes) which shows a squid jet propelling itself by forcing water through its body. Squid also swim by flapping their fins.
A series of split-second reactions make jet propulsion possible.
Suck in water
- Mantle opening
- Locking mechanism
Tell mantle muscles: Contract!
(uses the Brain and Giant axon)
Jet out water
Ocean Planet Exhibition Floorplan
Smithsonian Giant Squid Overview Page
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