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Cephalopods: Squid Dissection

from Alaska SeaLife Center

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This laboratory class includes a squid dissection and discussion focusing on the tentacled members of the Phylum Mollusca, Class Cephalopoda. Students dive in to discover and explore the adaptations of squid!

Note: A non-laboratory version of this class is possible, where students observe a dissection from Alaska. Please contact us for more information.

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About This Program


By Request: $230.00

Price includes frozen squid shipped via FedEx. (Frozen squid cannot be shipped internationally.) $50.00 discount applies if you choose to purchase your own whole squid locally.

Price includes materials for up to 30 students. Extra materials are available for $1.00 per student.

$20.00 will be added to reservations made less than three weeks in advance.
Sites that book five or more sessions at once will be discounted $10.00 per session.


55 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 5, 6, 7, 8, 9Public Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:

5 recommended

Maximum participants:

30 recommended; 60 possible

Primary Disciplines

Sciences, Problem Solving

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Skype, iChat, Vidyo, Movi/Jabber, Blue Jeans, etc...)

Booking Information

This program is available every day, beginning any time after 7am Alaska time (11am Eastern time). Please see our website for seasonal recommendations by time zone.

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For more information contact CILC at (507) 388-3672

Provider's Cancellation Policy

Programs cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will be charged the full cost. No fee for programs cancelled due to weather-related or similar school closures.

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Alaska SeaLife Center

Seward, AK
United States

The Alaska SeaLife Center is a world-class marine science facility that combines a research mission with an animal rescue and rehabilitation program and public education. The center incorporates exhibits that immerse the visitor in the marine ecosystem of Alaska and provide opportunities to view animals in naturalistic habitats and research settings.

Darin Trobaugh

Program Details


1. This session begins with the taxonomic context and characteristics of cephalopods.
2. We describe the four types of cephalopods and their differentiating characteristics, as well as their adaptations.
3. Students dissect a squid step-by-step with the educator, discussing the function of various body parts. (Or student watch the educator dissect a squid as they discuss the function of various body parts.)
4. There is time for Q&A and self-exploration.


Students will be able to:
• Describe the internal and external anatomy of a squid through dissection.
• Appreciate the diversity of animals in Phylum Mollusca.
• Understand the natural history and characteristics of Class Cephalopoda.
• Explain adaptations that allow Alaskan Cephalopods to live in their harsh environments.
• List 4 members of the Class Cephalopoda

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Science as Inquiry (grades 5-9)
• Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
• Understandings about scientific inquiry

Life Science (grades 5-9)
• Structure and function in living systems
• Reproduction and heredity
• Regulation and behavior
• Populations and ecosystems
• Diversity and adaptations of organisms
• Biological evolution
• Behavior of organisms