Maggie Koerth-Baker at 12:00 pm Fri, Jan 25, 2013
ADVERTISE AT BOING BOING!
title is misleading – should be ‘Katch the Kraken!’
The life of a squid is not as glamorous as one might think . As a ex commercial diver with 14 years diving open ocean , i remember one dive in particular where i was swarmed by 10s of 1000s of small squid, it was a day after a bad storm finally let up and and maybe 40 feet of bad visibility.
It was like a snowstorm they clung on to every thing shiny i had on , it was very very creepy with a large number of predators zipping past feeding , i had to get out and find a less stressful spot to finish my dives but they stayed with me right till i was getting on the boat .
PS: also reminds me a ledge i worked along with a 1000 ft drop below and a seal was hiding in the shadows for about 8 min , when it shot out i,ll admit i wished i was wearing my wet suit instead of my dry suit that day .
PS: PS; Always wear ankle weights with a dry suit because the suit is your buoyancy compensator ,you could get struck upside down by a wave at the surface and drown ( because the air in your suits legs can’t escape, your weight belt falls to your arm pits in that position and tangles you up , just dump every thing immediately , retrieve later after the adrenalin wears off .
I think this is the most intense comment I’ve ever read O_O
40 feet isn’t big enough, oh no….they’re off to find the Colossal Squid in Antarctica now.
And yes, I want to see that footage, too.
Can you imagine being on a wooden sailing vessel in the middle of the ocean and catching a glimpse of one of those? Slightly smaller than the Nina or the Pinta, for comparison purposes. Enough to give the most hardened sailor the willies.
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