Krill and squid school at the ocean surface, moments before blue and fin whales rise to the surface to feed. The krill is likely Euphausia pacifica, the squid are likely Loligo opalescens. A thin cloud of pink krill gathers at the ocean surface, where it is likely to be preyed upon by sharks, fish, birds and whales.
Species: Common squid, Krill, Euphausia pacifica, Loligo opalescens
Location: San Diego, California
Image ID: 27152
Squid egg casings. Each casing housings hundreds of tiny squid eggs. After the female squid has planted her egg casings to the sandy bottom, she will die.
Species: Common squid, Loligo opalescens
Image ID: 14931
Purple sea urchin, spawning, releasing gametes into the ocean currents. Once adult purple sea urchins have reached sexual maturity, females and males release gametes into the ocean, a mode of external fertilization. The fertilized egg later settles, and begins growing into an adult.
Species: Purple urchin, Strongylocentrotus purpuratus
Image ID: 05346