The small one weighed 20 pounds. Hoisting the big one onto a scale was out of the question, so the kids in Katie Noonan’s tenth-grade biology class at Oakland High School skipped that part and went straight to work with their forceps and scissors.
Two Humboldt squids were the source of the excitement — and the smell — coming from Room 345.
The frozen specimens were delivered to Noonan’s classroom through the Squids-4-Kids program, a partnership between Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University and NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service in Santa Cruz, CA.
On Monday, students cut the animals open to see if they could find out what they had been eating (no luck there), they compared the size of the squids’ eyes to a cow’s eye that Noonan had on hand (the squids’ eyes are much larger) and they examined their suckers under a microscope.
“It was a really amazing opportunity to look at something that big,” Noonan said.
Noonan said any teacher can apply for this program.
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