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Squid: Todarodes


  • Scientific Name: Todarodes Pacificus (Japanese Flying Squid)
  • US Market Name(s): Squid, Calamari
  • Canada Market Name(s): Squid

Culinary Profile

Squid offer a mild and somewhat sweet flavour. The meat is tender and succulent. Frozen tubes should be ivory-white in colour and have no distinct odor.


Like all other cephalopod mollusks - Squid have a distinct head, bilateral symmetry, a mantle, and arms. The Squid’s body consists of eight arms and two tentacles. The long tubular shaped body is the mantle. The Squids’ mouth is nestled in between the arms. Squid range in length from one inch to six feet.


There are over 300 species of Squid that can be found in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans – geographic range varies for each species. Todarodes Pacificus are native to the North Pacific Ocean in waters off Japan, China and Russia - as well as across the Bering Straight and in Alaska and Canada.

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Sustainability Status

Squid fisheries are at the risk of collapse. While some regions have implemented fishing regulations - these have not been proven to be entirely reliable and unregulated fishing still occurs.

Fishy Fact: Squid propel themselves tail-first through the water by pumping water through valves located near their head.


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