This year’s squid orgy

Check out Gary Hawkins’ film of this year’s La Jolla squid orgy. The big booms are seal bombs – meant to keep sea lions away from the nets. They also keep divers out of the water. Hawkins says:

We did not get in the water to film the underwater shots. The day we filmed the boats were actively fishing so there was danger from boat traffic. Also, seal bombs were being dropped in the water. Thus to get the underwater footage, we lowered a weighted videocam by rope and let it dangle beneath our boat. Hence the reason squid randomly come in and out of shot and the camera appears to bob up and down.

He got some great footage, though! You can also see the light boats shining very powerful lights into the water to lure up the mating squid. (That’s squid sex no-no #1.)

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  2. They should try that here! There aren’t resident orcas, but the transient pods occasionally come by for some sealy snacks.

  3. That’s an amazing video, Miriam! La Jolla is one of my favorite places in the world.

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