The Clubhook Squid is found only in the high North Pacific. It is often thought to be a Humboldt Squid when found on the beach, because of the similar large size.  However, the Clubhook Squid gets bigger than Humboldt; it may reach a total length of over 4 m (12ft), with a mantle length of more than 2 m (6ft).  Additionally, the Clubhook squid has ridges along its mantle, whereas the Humboldt squid has warts.

 

 

Illustration: Kaitlin Asson

Illustration: Kaitlin Asson

Key identifying characteristics

1. Arrowhead shaped fins

2. 15 – 18 hooks on tentacular clubs

3. Ridges along the skin

Examples

 

 

Large Clubhook squid washed up on the beach in Florence, OR.  Photo credit: Dr. William Hanshumaker

Large Clubhook squid washed up on the beach in Florence, OR. Photo credit: Dr. William Hanshumaker

Close up view of the hooks on the tentacular club of the Clubhook squid.  Photo credit: Dr. William Hanshumaker

Close up view of the hooks on the tentacular club of the Clubhook squid. Photo credit: Dr. William Hanshumaker