Wanted: Cephalopod beak

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Hi

I wanted to know if anyone here had any beaks from a dead octopus/squid. If you happen to have any, please let me know.

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If you go to your local fish market, you should be able to find octopus and squid for sale. Then you can take it out yourself :smile:.
 

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That was my first idea, however, fish markets around here don't seem to sell octopus or squid. Those I do occasionally see are already cleaned without the beak.

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Why do you want it? A school project? are you a teacher? I can possibly send one but if it's for something with a deadline it'll probably get there too late (and airmail from NZ is $$$$)

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I have a rather small squid beak I, er, "dissected" out of some "squid with spicy salt" dish at a Chinese seafood restaurant. If you have a local Asian market, that might be a good place to look, or even asking at a seafood restaurant or sushi bar if they could give you one, which might be cheaper, preferable if you don't want to eat the squid, and wouldn't have the beak cooked (or salted or spiced).
 

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Thanks for the feedback. I actually work at an aquarium and would use the beak as a "learning experience" for visitors. I would prefer to have a beak mailed from somewhere in the US. If not, I might check out a seafood restaurant.

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Shadow Mantis;95345 said:
Thanks for the feedback. I actually work at an aquarium and would use the beak as a "learning experience" for visitors. I would prefer to have a beak mailed from somewhere in the US. If not, I might check out a seafood restaurant.

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Which one? Does the aquarum buy in fish food? Perhaps you can prevail upon them to buy some whole squid. We do (we also use it in our education prgrammes for school and public dissections! www.otago.ac.nz/marinestudies). The squid make really good food for many of the critters (a bit messy when you're feeding out though :biggrin2:).

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sorseress;95347 said:
Baltimore Aquarium?
Oh.....didn't look at where he was from :oops: I'd talk to the husbandry team and find out if they ever feed squid to the critters and get them to keep back beak or two.

J
 

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Yes, I work at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. It never crossed my mind to ask one of the aquarists for a beak (they do use squid frequently). This summer, I actually might be working behind the scenes doing enrichment and food preparation (including our GPO).

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