Do you know that the Argentine Shortfin Squid gets consumed in vast numbers in parts of the world? This most especially occurs in Argentina and Brazil?
This remains a relatively small species of squid and forms a cephalopod that ranks as one of the most highly commercially fished of all squid species.
The animal averages a mantle length of approximately 12 in (30 cm). In relation to the length of the mantle, the tentacles stay comparatively short and average about 9 in (22 cm) in length.
This species possesses a remarkably rapid and brief life cycle. Their lifespan averages only one year. During that time, the Argentine Shortfin Squid will mate only once but will reproduce in vast numbers. In fact, a single female of this species may lay as many as 750,000 eggs.
Via a process still not fathomed by human science, the eggs mature and hatch at different intervals, to improve the chances of survival for the offspring.
Argentine Shortfin Squid Habitat and Ecology
This animal is endemic to a highly restricted area of the southwestern Pacific Ocean which sadly makes them easy prey for fishermen. This region extends roughly from southern Argentina to Rio de Janeiro. Further, their numbers are primarily concentrated around the Patagonian shelf.
The Argentine Shortfin Squid possesses an extensive range of depths for its habitat. It may live anywhere from the surface to depths of as much as 2,600 ft (800 m). They may not spread out wide, but they sure do move vertically.
Unlike most species of squid, this species tends to group together in vast numbers.