Squid Babies

These newly hatched arrow squid larvae (Doryteuthis plei) are each tinier than the head a pin. Free from their yolk sac, they will drift with the current out to sea as zooplankton. Many animals eat zooplankton, so few will survive to adulthood and to reproduce themselves.

Photograph of many tiny transparent larval squid surrounding the head of a dissecting pin.

©Clyde F.E. Roper