Squid and octopus are both members of a group known as cephalopods.  While several species of squid and octopus are found along the Oregon Coast, they rarely wash up on the shore.  The following two species, however, are seen relatively frequently along our coastline.  Squid species often look very similar and can be hard to tell apart.  When attempting to identify a squid it is very important to look at specific key characteristics such as fin shape, and the presence (or absence) of certain features along the arms, tentacles, and body of a squid.

 

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Clubhook Squid
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Humboldt Squid
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