National Geographic : 1935 Aug
MONSTER AND MIDGET SQUID AND OCTOPUSES (Q)National Geographic society painted by Else isostelmann under direction Koy W. miner A TRUE TIGER OF THE SEA IS THE CUTTLEFISH, SOURCE OF SEPIA This curious inhabitant of the warm waters of the Mediterranean, especially around Naples, is sought for its rich brown ink, or " smoke," and for its oval internal shell or skeleton, familiar as cuttlebone for canaries. When it spies an unwary fish, it shoots backward in true squid fashion, and, dodging quickly, seizes its victim with a pair of concealed tentacles. The fish is then grasped by eight shorter arms and devoured head first. The cuttlefish lays eggs in "grape clusters" (upper right).