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The researchers acknowledge that they’ve been able to study only two animals so far. But they plan to outfit more Humboldt squid with video cameras to get a better handle on squid behavior.

And they will literally be outfitting these predators. The only way Kyler Abernathy, director of research for remote imaging at National Geographic, and the Crittercam team could mount cameras on the soft-bodied animals was to attach their equipment to a tube made of Lycra-like material that slipped over the main part of the squid.

The squid “sweaters”—cut from child-size swim shirts—left the animals’ fins, arms, and tentacles free so the red devils could move unhindered.

Humboldt squid are the first squishy invertebrates that the Crittercam team has outfitted, Abernathy says, which is partly what drew him to the project. “This is a really different animal than we’ve ever worked with.”

He’d like to modify his design so that both the camera and sleeve detach from the squid. Currently, only the camera floats free after a release is triggered. The animals are then left sporting children’s swimwear.
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