Labeled photographs of the external and internal anatomy of a Humboldt squid, with additional photos of the eyes, beak, pen, and sucker rings.
Step-by-step protocol for the dissection of a Humboldt squid, including a guide to male and female maturity stages.
An example lesson plan from Rob Yeomans at Newburyport High School, with notes from the Squids4Kids team.
Tips for getting the most educational bang out of a single squid, by using it for multiple classes or days.
Film can be a great introduction to squid. The Discovery Channel's two Humboldt squid shows, Squid Invasion and Killer Squid, can be purchased or checked out from the library. Some shorter videos are available online--three about Humboldt squid and one about iridescence in squid in general. The following links will open in a new browser window:
The Fierce Humboldt Squid
Invasion of the Squids
Fishing for the Humboldt Squid
These short essays discuss different aspects of squid science. In some cases, as in Ecology and Neuroscience, they include a guide to more detailed dissection of the squid. These documents could be assigned as student readings or used by the teacher to develop an original lesson plan. Let us know if you have any feedback or would like to see other topics here.
How squid swim and the mechanics behind that process.
How Humboldt squid deal with predators and prey.
How Humboldt squid make more Humboldt squid.
Humboldt squid are the biggest invertebrate fishery in the world.
A closer look at the amazing brains of Humboldt squid.
How squid change color.