Because little has been witnessed in the wild about this species, its predators have not been observed. When observed, Staurotheuthis syrtensis is normally in a bell posture. When disturbed though, the animal goes into a balloon posture with the arms closed at the tips. In the balloon posture, the fins remain motionless. Staurotheuthis syrtensis has also been seen in a pumpkin posture when threatened which is like the balloon posture, but smaller. When trying to escape, the Staurotheuthis syrtensis will go back in to the bell posture and move its fins vigorously.