Night diving a squid run

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Posted by Labugman on November 28, 2005 at 08:24:13:

This weekend I went night diving at Catalina with Tom Chung. We had an incredible, almost surreal experience as we accidentally landed in a squid run with phosphorescence in the water. We dove deep on the sand between 70 and 110 feet. There were thousands of squid everywhere and they followed us around attracted to our lights. As they wham they left lighted trails from the plankton in the water. I was able to snatch one by hand as he glided by me. He wiggled a little and then I let him go. Many of the squid were attached by their tentacles in a love embrace. There were dozens and dozens of dead squid lying on the bottom and guess who was there to eat them....Bugs....lots of them. They were there having their Thanksgiving feast. So were seals, angel sharks and a torpedo ray. There were probably halibut too but I didn't spot any.Back at the boat we were given a light show all night by the squid hovering around and the seals chasing them.They left trailers wherever they went. It was a starry starry night and in the morning there were thousands of seagulls circling around the area. They too were going to somehow partake in this Thanksgiving feast. For me it was a feast for the senses that I'll never forget. Another reminder of why I love The sport of diving so much......Mel

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