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We’ve recently had California market squid (Doryteuthis opalescens) laying eggs in the sardine roundabout at the entrance to the Open Sea exhibit. You can see the tiny eggs indicated with an arrow in the photo!
We’ve had several batches of squid on exhibit recently. Our collectors obtain mature adults in Monterey Bay, some of which lay egg cases. In an attempt to culture more squid behind the scenes, guest experience ambassador Allen Protasio collects egg cases from these adults, removes them from exhibit, and puts them in a separate container behind the scenes. Before long, with careful aeration and water flow, embryos begin to develop. “From these egg cases we were able to get about 300 squid hatchlings,” says Allen.
One caution: most squid on exhibit are mature adults, and they don’t last long. If you’re interested, feel free to ask one of our helpful staff whether we have any during your visit.