What the Fish? Episode 17: Release the Kraken

What the Cuttlefish?

The recent capture of a living giant squid on video through a joint venture by scientists from Japan and the United States has captured the imagination of people worldwide, providing new insights into the biology and life history of this enigmatic creature. Cephalopod (e.g., squids, cuttlefishes) expert Janet Voight joins us to discuss this discovery, including what we know about giant squid biology so far and what these new videos can teach us about how giant squids hunt and avoid predation themselves. Of course oceanic life is more diverse than just fishes, so this episode we take some time to discuss the various invertebrate denizens of the deep, including cuttlefishes and wood-boring clams.

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So long, and thanks for all the fish!

Fish Nerds Podcast Team:

Eric Ahlgren (Fishes Volunteer)

Leo Smith (Assistant Curator of Fishes)

Matthew P. Davis (Postdoctoral Research Scientist)

Janet Voight (Special Guest, Associate Curator of Invertebrate Zoology)

Science Focus: 
Exhibit: 
Creatures of Light: Nature's Bioluminescence