Hawaiian Space Ika

BOBTAIL SQUID HITCHES A RIDE ON SPACE SHUTTLE

The squid are part of a microgravity experiment to determine the impact of space (if any) on beneficial bacteria, according to Jamie Foster of the University of Florida in Gainesville.

See, this species of squid has a built-in flashlight that uses bacteria as batteries to help navigate murky nighttime waters, hunt for prey, and hide from predators. There is a convenient little cavity on the squid’s underside that serves as home to colonies of bacteria known as Vibrio fischeri.

Anyone for sushi?

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