You might be forgiven for thinking that the ocean is an endless bounty of edible goodies when you walk outside and find squid just strewn everywhere on the beach, waiting for you to pick them up and eat them. This happened the other day at work, when a group of juvenile Humboldt squid (Dosidicus gigas) decided to sun themselves on the beach. And then they died. And some seabirds got a good meal out of it. Enjoy some pictures and video.
In the video above, you can see the squid’s chromatophores still flashing red + white as it contemplates how it’s going to jump up and grab me.
Thanks to Megan Jensen for shooting some of these photos while I bravely poked at near-dead squid.