Squid Dissection (Gr 6-12)

by  Aquarium of the Pacific

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How does a squid swim? Why does a squid ink? The answers to these and many more questions can be found with a closer look inside the squid. This program will allow your students to closely explore squid anatomy. Your students will discover the ins and outs of these interesting ocean animals in this hands-on dissection.

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About This Program


Multipoint: $250.00

This class fee includes the cost to ship a container of frozen market squid to a single address, either a school or residence. We are unable to ship squid to individual students. If your group would instead prefer not to be sent squid please contact James Stewart for differences in pricing (jstewart@lbaop.org).


45-50 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

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Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

Booking Information

Program Availability from June 21 - July 30 is Mondays and Fridays 8-9am and 10-12:30pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays 8-12:30pm, and Wednesdays 8-9am and 11-12:30pm. Starting August 2nd through August 13 programs will only be available from 2-4pm weekdays, except on Tuesdays .from 3-4pm. Contact us if you are looking at other days and times. Thank you!

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

There is no charge to cancel or reschedule your videoconference more than 48 hours prior to your confirmed date and time. If you cancel your program within 48 hours of the confirmed date of the videoconference session, you will be charged for the full price of the program. Inclement weather, technological problems on our end, and any other uncontrollable factors will be taken into account.

About This Provider

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Aquarium of the Pacific

Long Beach, CA
United States

The Aquarium of the Pacific is a non-profit organization located in Long Beach, CA. Our mission is to instill a sense of wonder, respect and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants and ecosystems by involving the community and the region in engaging, entertaining, educational and empowering exhibits and programs on the Pacific Ocean and the lives of its people.

James Stewart

Program Details


The class will include the following:

1. This program begins with a classification and taxonomy discussion about the squid and its relatives. This familiarizes the students with the animal before the dissection begins
2. We begin the dissection by exploring external anatomy including arms, tentacles, fins, siphon and chromatophores
3. Students will explore internal anatomy including the pen, gonads, hearts, beak, gills and ink sac
4. Identification of male and female anatomical differences
5. Students will learn how we use squid as food at the Aquarium
6. Question and answer session


Learners will:
- compare and contrast squid with other animals in the mollusk phylum
- explore the systems and adaptations that allow squid to move, protect itself, feed, and/or reproduce
- ask questions and make observations about external and internal anatomy of a common market squid

Standards Alignment

National Standards

Grades 9-12

Science as inquiry
Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
Understanding about scientific inquiry

Physical Science
Structure and properties of matter

Life Science
Biological evolution
Interdependence of organisms
Matter, energy, and organization in living systems
Behavior of organisms

Science and Technology
Abilities of technical design

Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
Natural resources

History and Nature of Science
Science as a human endeavor
Nature of scientific knowledge

State Standards

California science standards

Grade 9-12 Biology
Life sciences:
6.c. Students know how fluctuations in population size in an ecosystem are determined by the relative rates of birth, immigration, emigration, and death.

6.e. Students know a vital part of an ecosystem is the stability of its producers and decomposers.

6.g. Students know how to distinguish between the accommodation of an individual organism to its environment and the gradual adaptation of a lineage of organisms through genetic change.

8.b. Students know a great diversity of species increases the chance that at least some organisms survive major changes in the environment.

8.d. Students know reproductive or geographic isolation affects speciation.

9.a. Students know how the complementary activity of major body systems provides cells with oxygen and nutrients and removes toxic waste products such as carbon dioxide.

9.g. Students know the homeostatic role of the kidneys in the removal of nitrogenous wastes and the role of the liver in blood detoxification and glucose balance.