This time on The Children’s Hour, we learn about squid with Skype A Scientist, Dr. Sarah McAnulty.  These ubiquitous creatures are the psychedelic acrobats of the ocean.

This episode comes with a free Learn-Along guide which meets and cites US National education standards. Our Learn-Along guides further explore our show themes and provide context and visuals. Plus they’re fun! 

Squid are in the cephalopod family with octopus, cuttlefish, and nautilus. This ancient family of marine invertebrates pre-date trees on Earth, and can be found in all oceans, at all depths.

Squid are bioluminescent, like fireflies and some cave creatures we have learned about on The Children’s Hour. The Colossal Squid is the largest of all squid and can eat a whale! They also have bioluminescent eyes that are the size of footballs.

Mythology around cephalopods date back centuries. Dr. McAnulty explains how the stories of the “Kracken” came to be, and why they are not completely untrue!

We also learn about Skype A Scientist, the organization that provides free scientific experts to any group on any topic. A science communicateor, Dr. McAnulty founded Skype A Scientist to increase direct conversations between the scientific community and the public.

Skype a Scientist will provide free scientific experts on any topic to any group, organization, classroom, or wherever people want to learn more about science. 

Dr. McAnulty discussed using the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s guides to finding sustainable seafood. Find the guide and other tips at their website.

This episode is mixed with excellent music to further educate about squid!


This episode was recorded at the Outpost Performance Space in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and on Zoom. Our recording engineer was Chad Scheer. We had production help from Gus Tafoya and Sean Lovelace. Our Learn-Along guide was written by Jonathan Dunski with help from Lorraine Archibald. The Children’s Hour is produced by Katie Stone at the Sunspot Solar Studio in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Playlist: Squid

Octopus's GardenCaspar BabypantsBaby Beatles!2013 Aurora Elephant Music
OctopusThe Whizpops!Sea Blue Sea2014 The Whizpops LLC
Sid the SquidTwo of a Kindsingle2022 Heitler-Klevans
Baby Butterfly Bobtail SquidClaudia Robin GunnBaby Butterfly Bobtail Squid - Single2022 Little Wild Music
Squid Was 11Little Apple BandKids Cool South Beach Collection2020 Tinsel Town Records
Permanently Cute (The Squid of Pemaquid)James Kochalka SuperstarHow to Tie a Tie on the Internet2017 James Kochalka
Lode RunnerPodington BearUplifting2018 HUSH
Ollie the Octopus (feat. Levity Beet)Itty Bitty BeatsOllie the Octopus (feat. Levity Beet) - Single2022 Itty Bitty Beats
King SquidPhreddUkulele Awesomesauce2017 Fred McNaughton
Feel Good (Instrumental)Broke For FreePetal2014 Broke For Free
Squid TarantellaNancy StewartSing a Song of Science2022 1137837 Records DK
A Simple BlurBlue Dot SessionsBodytonic2017 Blue Dot Sessions
Giant & Colossal SquidMarsha and the PositronsPositronic2018 Marsha Goodman-Wood
Rainbow SquidPoco DrumAlong Came A Weasel2017 Integrity Publishing Ltd
Just WatchingPodington BearSpringtime2016 HUSH
Happy SquidParry GrippHappy Squid: Parry Gripp Song of the Week for April 8, 2008 - Single2008 Cool CDs
If I Were an OctopusMichael & The Rockness MonstersMichael & the Rockness Monsters2016 Michael & the Rockness Monsters

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