The little Caribbean Reef Squid has to be one of cutest reef creatures out there. They can either be seen singly, or in medium to large groups and are usually quite fascinated by nearby divers or snorkellers, holding their position while intensely staring. They will often assume a defensive posture (which is especially cute) and hold up their arms in a karate-like formation in an attempt to look threatening. It would probably work if they were a little bigger, but it has to be said that it always makes ones heart melt.
As with all squid, this species (Sepioteuthis sepioidea) is capable of rapid colour changes which it can reportedly use to communicate with one another, especially during courtship rituals. Feeding on small fish, crustaceans and molluscs, the Caribbean Reef Squid is found throughout the Caribbean Sea, and up through the Bahamas and tropical coast of the US. It is the most common species of squid sighted by divers on coral reef habitats as it comes inshore to these areas during its breeding season. If you are lucky enough to interact with one, try a slow approach and gently extend a friendly hand. You will know when you are too close for comfort as the squid will puff a little dark ink cloud at you and dart quickly away.
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We specialise in coral reef inspired clothing. You can also find limited edition printed products featuring some of our most popular designs. We donate 5% of our profits to conservation projects that help protect reef creatures around the globe. Currently we are supporting the Anguilla National Trust, who do vital conservation work on the small island of Anguilla, British West Indies where the majority of our images were taken. To help you learn more about these fascinating reef creatures many of them will have featured posts over the coming months. Watch this space!