The brief squid is a small, free-swimming mollusk with a soft body and arm-like tentacles. It lives throughout the lower Chesapeake Bay.
The brief squid grows to five inches in length. Its elongated body is covered in dark, pigment-filled spots that contract and expand to change the squid's color. It has large eyes and several arm-like tentacles that extend from its head.
Warm, shallow waters. Moves through open waters by ejecting jets of water to propel itself forward or backward. Lives in schools.
Found throughout the lower Chesapeake Bay, as far north as Tangier Sound.
The brief squid eats bottom-dwelling crustaceans, small fish and fish larvae.
When threated, squid shoot themselves backward with lightning speed. They may also emit an ink cloud to distract predators.
Females lay gelatinous, yolky egg masses. Eggs hatch into tiny, fully formed young squid.