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Humboldt squid on the move

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Image credit: (c) 2003 MBARI

This photograph shows a pair of Humboldt squid hunting in Monterey Bay. Humboldt squid are often attracted to the bright lights of MBARI's remotely operated vehicles, and follow the robot submarines as they descend through through the water column.


Image credit: (c) 2003 MBARI

Growing up to two meters (six feet) long, Humboldt squid are formidable predators that hunt krill and a variety of fishes. Their normal habitat is within the tropical and subtropical waters of the East Pacific. Over the last few years, however, Humboldt squid have begun moving into cooler-water areas such as Central California.


Image credit: (c) 2003 MBARI

Humboldt squid are active predators on small fish such as the lanternfish in the lower left corner of this photograph.


Image credit: (c) 2003 MBARI

This photograph of a Humboldt squid shows its feeding tentacles reaching out to capture a small fish.


Image credit: (c) 2006 MBARI

Hake often form large schools such as this one photographed by ROV Tiburon's video cameras.


Image credit: (c) 2006 MBARI

Hake often form large schools, but this individual was photographed by ROV Tiburon off the coast of Big Sur.

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