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aran mooney squid

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As part of a research efffort to find out if, and how, squid hear, biologist T. Aran Mooney sets a squid into a tank where its neural reactions will be measured in response to a broad range of sound frequencies. His preliminary findings indicate that squid do, in fact, hear. "But they only hear up to a certain frequency," he said. That may help explain why squid are such a prolific food source for other animals--they may not always hear well enough to evade approaching predators. (Photo by Tom Kleindinst, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)


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