Length: 4 cm-7 cm
Weight: about 9 g
Habitat & Distribution
Diet and Prey
The Firefly Squid
Firefly Squid, also known as the Sparkling Enope Squid, (scientific name: Watasenia scintillans) live in depths from 600-1200 feet, coming up to hunt and breed.
Firefly squid eat small fish. They attract them using their lights, then pounce on them.
You can find firefly squid in depths of 600-1200 in the western Pacific Ocean. In fact, Japan sees firefly squid in their mating season, from March to May.
These little squid are eaten by sperm whales, sharks, larger fish, squid, and crabs, and in Japan especially, humans!
Firefly squid are small with lights all over their body, even their tentacles! They have the normal build of a squid.
Their lights are used to attract prey and mates, to escape and confuse predators, and to communicate.
*firefly squid can see color
*gather by millions or billions to mate
*have over 800 lights on their body
*they live for about one year
*are commerically fished in Japan
*can blend in with the shadows
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