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By Jonathan Amos Science correspondent, BBC News, Salt Lake City

Loligo pealei is an important North Atlantic species and US East Coast fishery


Marine biologists are starting to get a good idea now of how squid hear and how they react to sounds in the ocean.

It is only recently that scientists have come to accept that cephalopods have any auditory capability at all.

But new experiments show noises of varying loudness and frequency will elicit a range of behaviours in the animals – such as jetting or inking, and even a change of colour.

The research has been featured at the biennial Ocean Sciences Meeting.

It was presented by Aran Mooney from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) of Massachusetts, US.

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