Posts tagged with suckers

Hooks & suckers

  • Non-swivelling arm hooks
  • hook-swivel-11
  • Swivelling tentacle club hooks
  • Non-swivelling arm hooks

The hooks seem to grab everyone’s attention, so here’s an update Other squid families have hooks on the arms, or the tentacles, or both, but the colossal squid is the only hooked squid in its family (the Cranchiidae, about 20 species). It possesses hooks on each of the eight arms, and also on the club… Read more »

You asked for them – tentacles, hooks and suckers

  • Hooks from the smaller, damaged colossal squid
  • Hooks from the smaller, damaged colossal squid
  • Suckers on smaller, damaged colossal squid
  • Smaller, damaged Colossal squid

Now that we have some time, we will upload some of the other photos taken. Dr Tsunemi Kubodera, Steve O’Shea and Olaf Blaauw examine the smaller, damaged colossal squid on Tuesday, 29th April. Below are some of the close ups of the tentacles, suckers and hooks. You can find out more about the hooks and… Read more »

Steve O’Shea talking about suckers on end of the tentacles


Steve O’Shea is talking to the Discovery Team about the differences in giant and colossal squid tentacle clubs- the bits on the end of the squid’s tentacles. Colossal squid have swivelling hooks, whereas this giant squid has suckers. The suckers are about 25mm across! The suckers have serrated teeth at the edge and can cut… Read more »