Ten Interesting Things About Squid

As popular known in the Mediterranean as Calamari, the actual English name for the species is squid.

Squid is related to both the octopus and cuttlefish. Squid meat has a firm, chewy texture and mild, somewhat sweet flavor. Squid is very popular in both Mediterranean and Asian cuisines.

Squid should be refrigerated, airtight, for no more than a day or two. Squid can be pan-fried, baked, boiled, stir-fried or coated with batter and deep-fried. The cooking time should always be short, since the texture of squid becomes rubbery when overcooked.

But here are ten things you may now know you didn’t know!

Ten Interesting Facts About Squid

  1. Biologists estimate that there are as many as 500 species of squid.
  2. Squid are carnivores; they eat fish, crustaceans, and smaller squid.
  3. Squid have 8 arms and only the tentacles have suckers.
  4. Squid have three hearts.
  5. Squid swim faster than any other invertebrate.
  6. Squid have beaks.
  7. Compared to their size, squid have the largest eyes of any animal.
  8. Squid eyes have in-built contact lenses, which they use to protect their eyes and to focus on their prey.
  9. Humboldt squid become invisible by turning red, a colour that is virtually invisible underwater, as sunlight does not travel to the seabed.
  10. Deep water squid have glow-in-the-dark organs.

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