As you can see, Splatoon is a very exciting game. I was watching him stand there: aiming. He didn’t move at all. He was so patient. And I stood there: laughing! Our teammates must have been so happy with us.
(I kind of wonder how long he waited after I left…)
These shy cephalopods have never been displayed in the United States before. To make it happen, our aquarists figured out how to rear these little ready-for-bedtime-squid from eggs to hatchlings and finally to adults able to lay viable eggs.
Luckily the Tentacles team has a lot ofexperienceraisingcephalopods. According to aquarist
Bret Grasse, they were able to unlock the mysteries of the pyjama squid
lifecycle with “the right combination of genders and some positive vibes. We
also provided a comfortable habitat and good egg-laying medium for them to
deposit eggs on.”
Look closely at the pyjama squid’s stripes and you’ll see that they’re
actually made up of tiny dots. These are chromatophores,
color organs made of nerves and muscles and tiny sacs of pigment that change
an animal’s coloring when they expand or contract. Our aquarists have seen
pyjama squid flashing their stripes when threatened or when they’re trying to
repel fellow pyjama squid from going after a tasty shrimp during feeding time.
“They try to look menacing by making dark stripes on their mantle, but this only
makes them look cuter in my opinion,” notes Bret.
Native to waters around Australia, pyjama squid can grow to about two
inches long. They like to burrow in the sand with only their eyes peeking out to
spot potential predators and prey. Nestled in the substrate with their jammie
stripes, they enjoy an all-day bedtime and emerge at night to hunt.
You can spot the striped pyjama squid in our Tentacles exhibition! Look
for these banded cuties across the way from the nautilus exhibit.
Sometimes I’m looking at the map to see where my teammates are, only to find out they’re all dead. Then they all jump to me but some flanker shows up and I die and they die…and we’re all together again! ;u;