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Market Squid Feeding on Krill Pictures

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

 Market Squid Feeding on Krill

Another shot from the recent krill run off San Diego. Not sure what to call it, a run, an invasion or maybe an explosion but whatever you call it for a short few days there were huge masses of krill at the surface while it lasted. Areas several hundred yards across with hundreds of birds diving and picking from the surface and in every direction you would see more spots just like it. Underwater the krill were being hammered by huge schools of baitfish, mainly sardines, along with masses of squid. Market Squid normally are not seen near the surface during the day but this feast was to much to resist.

One observation that points to a changing ocean off the California coast and its likely not for the better. In past years if you had this much life, krill, bait and squid, all coming together you would be almost guaranteed to find large numbers of gamefish such as Yellowtail and/or sharks including Blues and Makos. We spent several days out there, covered a lot of area and spent plenty of time watching both from the surface and while in the water and never saw a single gamefish or shark.

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Market Squid Feeding on Krill
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