Squid Orgies: Do It and Die
What do you do if you're at the bottom of the oceanic food chain? Why, engage in massive orgies while would-be predators lurk nearby, of course.
Just a day in the life of a market squid.
These little invertibrates have just one thing on their mind, and that's getting it on while the getting's good, as if it's the last thing they'll do. Actually, it pretty much is the last thing they'll do.
Squids are rather predictable exhibitionists. They have big group orgies in the same spot on the coast at the same time every year. The threat of getting caught might be part of the thrill, but successful spawners don't take needless risks. There's not much the squids can do about the dolphins, sharks, and fish lining up to eat them in flagrante, but swimming up toward the bright, shiny lights at the surface doesn't end well. Most of the squid in the United States is caught while making the beast with two beaks—the fishermen lure mating pairs up to the surface with bright light, then scoop them up in nets. Smart squids avoid getting made into calamari by spawning safely at the bottom.
... that's hot.
Most cephalopods—squid, octopus, and cuttlefish—live fast and die young after just one season of righteous action.