Look behind the squid -- I know it's hard, why would you want to look past cephalopods? -- and what do you see? That blurry poster in the background? It's a space shuttle launch.
And now you know. This is a top secret program to train Euprymna scolopes to pilot spacecraft. They'd probably be better at 3-dimensional thinking than us, so it's only natural. Quick, reboot Star Trek with a more appropriate cast!
Oh, I think it's been done--the Thermians from the Klaatu Nebula in Galaxy Quest. Man, that was a prescient movie.