Story: Octopus and squid

Ram’s horn squid (1st of 2)

Ram’s horn squid

The tiny ram’s horn squid has an internal-chambered shell at the rear of its body to assist with buoyancy. Live animals are rarely encountered in New Zealand waters, but following their death, large numbers of the coiled shells wash up on west coast beaches.

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How to cite this page:

Maggy Wassilieff and Steve O’Shea, 'Octopus and squid - Squid in New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 July 2024)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff and Steve O’Shea, published 12 Jun 2006