|The Unusual and Unexpected at Topaz Pilings|
Posted by Merry on January 31, 2012 at 09:34:50:|
We had so much fun at the pilings with Kevin Lee on Sunday that we enticed Margaret Webb to join us for an afternoon dive yesterday. Instead of taking his camera, Phil ran line to include the northernmost piling that Kevin found. This left Maggie D and I to our own devices.
Within minutes of descending, we encountered a school of 2 dozen juvenile market squid, measuring no more than 3 inches long. They remained in a synchronized hover, and allowed us to get close. At some angles they appeared almost transparent, so our cameras had difficulty focusing. Strobe fire gave them a slight jolt, but they stayed put, remaining near the line for at least 45 minutes. However, at the approach of a sea lion, they bolted, leaving filmy little ink clouds behind.
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