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Posted by Merry on January 11, 2011 at 09:18:55:

Yesterday, Phil and I dove at Veterans Park to look for squid from the reported squid run on Sunday. Traversing the canyon to 77', we found sparsely scattered clusters of egg strings.

In market squid, Loligo opalescens, each capsule contain 100 - 200 individual eggs.

This cluster contains new egg capsules as well as ones that were deposited a couple of weeks ago. The more translucent capsules contain embryos that are further developed.

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We found an occasional live squid.

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This squid was clutching an already dead mate. After the strobes fired, it retracted its chromatophores and turned white, indicating that it was momentarily stressed.

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A slightly closer look at chromatophores, the squid's communication system. These pigment cells expand and contract in response to nerve impulses.

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Kellets whelks were cashing in on the dead squid.

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Typical pacific red octopus found in the canyon.

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Coming out of the canyon, we saw a few nudis. So as not to disappoint Patrick (who's developing an even greater appreciation for our sluggy friends), here's the largest 3-lined aeolid we've seen in months.

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