[Squid]: Pacific Bobtail Squid

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  1. Jean

    Jean Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Hi We have some Pacific Bobtails (Sepioloidea pacifica) at the Portobello aquarium, came in on a dredge and are all older animals, they've started laying eggs! Sorry about the quality of the pics, but its a round tank and hard to get a good angle!

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    Jean Colossal Squid Supporter

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    more!

    I know the tank looks crowded but the other half was empty! They decided to aggregate! The white one in the last pic has passed, it just finished laying eggs.

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    Interesting that you have bobtail squid now! We've had interest in these little squid from time to time here on Tonmo, so it's nice to have some pics.

    Will you try to raise the hatchlings?

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    8-)
     
  5. spinycheek

    spinycheek GPO Registered

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    Way Cool, hopefully the eggs will make it.
     
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    Aw..they're adorable!
     
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    Top stuff, I've currently got some unidentified cephalopod eggs in my possesion at my aquarium will be posting picks later on to see if anyone around england can id the little fellas
     
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    Thales Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Very cool. Have they been feeding?
     
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    Aw...bobtail squid are my favorites....along with Bathypolypus that is :smile:
     
  10. Jean

    Jean Colossal Squid Supporter

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    They were feeding, right up to the point they started laying! They were fed mixed plankton, but had a definite preference for the local Euphausid (a krill) Nyctiphanes australis, which are quite large ~ 1cm long, the bobs were between 2 and 4 cm mantle length.

    We have a few left but most laid eggs and died :cry: won't know for a while if the eggs are fertile.

    We may try to rear them, depends on staff availability! otherwise they'll be released.

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    Jean,
    If you do raise them, would you consider doing a journal?
     
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    Jean Colossal Squid Supporter

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    Yes although it would be quite sporadic!
     
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    DWhatley Cthulhu Staff Member Moderator

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    At least you have been posting a bit recently :hmm:

    Perhaps a journal will make you a more frequent visitor again :grin: and it will be our first squid from eggs journal I think.
     
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    Jean Colossal Squid Supporter

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    I know I've been a bit absent. Blame it on having too much work! Unfortunately I seem to spend much of my time these days guiding students through lab sessions they don't want to be at and marking the assignments from those lab sessions ! So I get far less time skulking around the aquarium! BUT I have 3 days this week teaching at the aquarium so I should be able to sneak into the aquarium and take some pics, make notes etc!!!!! YAY!! Oh and I've laid claim to all the Bobs that died, so when I get a minute I'll be dissecting them and hopefully trying to age them.
     
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    OK So I was out at the Aquarium today, and checked on the Bobs, we have about 6 left and the eggs look much the same as last week
     

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    Interesting that the Bob's eggs look more like cuttlefish eggs than squid eggs.
     
  18. Jean

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    Recent Pic of the eggs, still very opaque white. And a pic of the last adult (a rare active shot!) which passed away last week


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    How interesting! Bobtails are really cute - my 9yr old daughter just loves them and is constantly asking me if we can get one. My answer is always, 'uh...NO, not possible sweetheart.' Hmmm, I'm not sure if I should show her these pics. :hmm:
     
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    I have never really read up too much on these interesting little squid, but why exactly can you not keep them?
     

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