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Squid Ink Attack


When threatened by predators, squid, cuttlefish, and octopuses respond by secreting a stream of dark pigment. A jet of water is discharged from the funnel in conjunction with ink release, diffusing ink into a large, dark cloud. The ink may also mix with mucus from the funnel and form smaller blobs. Ink contains a chemical compound called tyrosinase that impairs a predator’s sense of smell and taste. Cephalopod ink also contains dopamine and L-DOPA, neurotransmitters that, according to some research, may serve to alert other cephalopods to the presence of predators.

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