URI researcher: Deep-sea squid can ‘jettison its arms’ as defensive tactic

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KINGSTON, R.I. – August 3, 2012 – A postdoctoral researcher at the University of Rhode Island has observed a never-before-seen defensive strategy used by a small species of deep-sea squid in which the animal counter-attacks a predator and then leaves the tips of its arms attached to the predator as a distraction.