Red-Eyed Deepsquid

Red-eyed deepsquid are large cephalopods found in the deeper oceans of Hothiri. A newly discovered species, when they washed up on the shores of the only island on the planet they were consumed and now these animals are a delicacy among workers.

Anatomy

Red-eyed deepsquids are between 8 and 9 metres in length as adults. They have reddish/brown skin, with bright red eyes. They have just one eye, covering a large portion of their heads. They have eight anchor like arms, with two long tentacles, that reach up to three times the length of their arms. On the squid's sides just below their eyes, are large rocket like appendages which help push themselves through the water.

Sexual Dimorphism

Red-eyed deepsquid display shocking sexual dimorphism, with about 50kg difference in weight between males and female; males weigh about 250kg, while females weigh 200kg. Female squid also have smaller eyes, for an unknown reason, which makes males more popular for consumption.

Reproduction

It isn't fully clear how red-eyed deepsquid reproduce, but we do know that they lay many cylindrical eggs, carried in their arms. A few egg-carrying squid have washed up on shores, so we know that female squid produce up to a million eggs at any one time. These eggs take about a week or two to hatch, paralarvae leaving parents immediately and surviving on their own.

Diet

The stomachs of beached squid have been analysed, and several species have been determined. They are carnivores, feasting on many creatures such as alu'fiku, nemmens and other red-eyed deepsquid.

Discovery

Red-eyed deepsquids were discovered fairly recently, after hundreds of them washed ashore on Iroquet after a tidal wave. Nobody knows what caused this wave, but they know it came from deep waters, where these squid are naturally found. The first thing the workers did when they found these squid, was cut off an arm and taste it.

Consumption

The most popular part of these squid to be eaten are the eyes. They are fried in vegetable oil, sprinkled on with spices, and then consumed by multiple people at once, each with spoons to scoop away. The rest of the squid is also eaten; the arms and tentacles fried and put on sticks, used to eat as workers harvested the resources of Hothiri.
Lifespan
100 years
Average Weight
200 - 250 kg
Average Length
8 - 9 metres
Geographic Distribution

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9 Aug, 2022 08:26

Cool squids! I love it! Nice description and article you got there :D

9 Aug, 2022 09:01

Thank you so much! :)

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26 Aug, 2022 11:08

I am scared of the people who thoght it is good idea to just taste a random squid which poped on a shore one day. More scared of them than whatever caused the wave in first place!   Is there an organisation that deal with tasting random stuff?

26 Aug, 2022 16:19

Yeah, people eating random things they've never seen before seems to be a running theme in my world xD I probably will end up making some organisation that deals with tasting random things in the future :P

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