Cuttlefish on the Eastern Seaboard

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  1. JohnW

    JohnW Pygmy Octopus Registered

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    Howdy all, my daughter recently caught a wild cuttlefish in the tidal pools at Myrtle Beach, SC. (I have 3 poor pictures). My research, so far, showed that there were only 2 types - one in England and one off Hawaii. Are there native east coast species, and, if so, what are they?
     
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    monty Colossal Squid Staff Member Supporter

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    Actually, although there are lots of cuttle species, there aren't any that are native to either coast of the U.S. or Hawaii... could it be a bobtail squid of some sort? Or maybe someone abandoned a pet?

    I'm looking forward to the pictures...

    oh, and :welcome: to TONMO!
     
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    Paradox Haliphron Atlanticus Supporter

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    Most likely not a cuttlefish, but wed love to see the pictures!
     
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    JohnW Pygmy Octopus Registered

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    cuttlefish

    Definitely a cuttlefish. Not being snide or anything. Short tenacles, barreled rear body with outside fin all the way around. It was aprox. 3 inches long and it was opaque, except for the spots. It inked in the small container my daughter caught it in. We let it go 20 minutes later. I knew you would ask for the pictures. My laptop is being fixed and it will be available soon and I will post them then. you can see the outlines ands spots easy, as well as the eyes.
     
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    It appeared to be hunting in the tidal pools. I looked at the bobtail and this wasnt the same. My daughter was trying to catch the fish it was after when she caught the cuttlefish. It went opaque after that.
     
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    Very unusual! As monty mentioned, there are no local species in US waters. Perhaps an abandoned pet? Now im more interested in the pics!
     
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    Wow. That's quite a find.

    I wonder what kind of ecological imbalance some spawning cuttlefish would create in US waters.
     
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    Thales Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Did it look like this:
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    From http://thecephalopodpage.org/Ssepioidea.php :

    With species showing up further and further north each year, this one seems like a good candidate for the animal you found. I would be very surprised if the animal you found was indeed a cuttlefish, but stranger things have happened.
     
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    Wow this is very interesting if it really is a cuttlefish. I'll go with the abandoned pet theory if it is one, but most likely its a squid. People mix them up all the time.
     
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    Cool, but I dont believe so. I see the similarities but this squid is more substantial than the creature we captured. It may be that we caught a juvenile or someones pet as well. Endless possibilities.
     
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    JohnW Pygmy Octopus Registered

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    I warn all that the pics are poor quality....





     

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    Animal Mother Architeuthis Supporter

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    Looks like a squid best I can tell.
     
  13. monty

    monty Colossal Squid Staff Member Supporter

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    thanks for the pix!

    I tend to think Thales is on the right track, and it looks like Sepioteuthis. I used to get those mixed up with cuttlefish a lot, too (and the Latin name pretty much means "squid that looks like a cuttlefish) but they're a bit more streamlined, and their fins are not quite the same shape as a cuttle's skirt, and tend to be thicker.
     
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    How big was the creature? It looks like a juvenile to me... maybe Loligo.
     
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    monty Colossal Squid Staff Member Supporter

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    I was thinking Loligo at first, but the fins seem too big, for an adult at least. Do the juveniles have disproportionately bigger fins?
     
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    its a squid we(i live in charleston) have a small species of squid that is usually pink to clear and only gets about 3 inches in lenth. i dont know the name but a friend of mine could tell you. anyway i go flounder gigging alot around charleston and i see them all the time. im impressed you were able to catch one, ive been trying for years and they are always too fast for me to catch
     
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    its either going to be a Loligo or Loliguncula...
     
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    The way the fins look in the first pic make me lean toward Sepioteuthis. I would love to catch any squid...
     
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    Very hard to make out...but its definitely a yellow box with eyes!
     
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    don't think we get them around here...
     

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