The Huntsman Fundy Discovery Aquarium has just introduced the Northern Shortfin Squid (Illex illecebrosus) among our new exhibits. The shortfin squid is a highly migratory animal that inhabits the continental shelf and slope waters of the Northwest Atlantic Ocean, between Iceland and the east coast of Florida.
Shortfin squid have eight arms and two longer tentacles. They can grow to a length (excluding head and appendages) of 35 cm. The shortfin squid lays long, gelatinous balloons containing 10,000 to 100,000 eggs. Spawning and death occur within several days of mating. They live less than a year. The shortfin squid eats crustaceans, fish, and other squid. Predators include various fishes, dolphins, and seabirds. Predation is deterred through camouflage coloration, schooling, jetting, and ink release.
The Fundy Discovery Aquarium opened for the season in May with many improved exhibits and a daily public feeding schedule that includes salmon, seahorses, sculpin, ocean pout, flounders and everyone’s favourite, our harbour seals Loki and Snorkel. Feature films and educational videos are shown throughout the day in the 218 seat Dunn Science Theatre. The Fundy Discovery Aquarium is open daily 10am to 5pm.
Founded in 1969, the Huntsman Marine Science Centre is a private, not-for-profit research and education facility whose mission is inspiring stewardship through the engagement of the community in the discovery of the oceans; the design and delivery of inspirational educational experiences and the advancement of marine sciences through collaborative research and the development of innovative technical solutions for our public and private sector partners. The Huntsman has welcomed visitors to its aquarium facilities since 1972, informing the public about Canada’s east coast marine ecology and the marine based economy.
Dr. Jamey Smith