Squid are cephalopods of the order Teuthida, which comprises around 300 species. Like all other cephalopods, squid have a distinct head, bilateral symmetry, a mantle, and arms. Squid, like cuttlefish, have eight arms arranged in pairs and two, usually longer, tentacles. Squid are strong swimmers and certain species can ‘fly’ for short distances out of the water.
Admittedly, I didn’t know this, but in the age of the internet, it’s remarkably easy to find this stuff out.
If you haven’t read Kraken, in which a giant squid is stolen and the end of the world begins, you really should. It currently wages war with The City and the City as my favourite China Meiville novel.
I tried cooking with squid once. It didn’t go well.
“In her old firm they called her The Squid.”
“The only thing that can kill a shark.”
Parker Posey’s run on Boston Legal was far too short.
Although that can be said of Parker Posey’s run on pretty much everything.
Teuthida is a name I’m likely to steal for a D&D bad guy, one of these days.