Around late February, at certain points along the Southern California coast, market squid move in from deep water to shallower areas to spawn. Commercial fishing boats track these migrations and congregate to harvest the massive build-up. These pictures were shot off of La Jolla Shores, CA.
We did not get in the water to film the underwater shots. The day we filmed the boats were actively fishing so there was danger from boat traffic. Also, seal bombs were being dropped in the water. Thus to get the underwater footage, we lowered a weighted videocam by rope and let it dangle beneath our boat. Hence the reason squid randomly come in and out of shot and the camera appears to bob up and down.
These shots would not have been possible without the kind cooperation of the crew of the Kamryn Kate. Thanks guys! I very much appreciate you allowing us to approach so close to film.
This video is one of a series that records the efforts of local San Diego divers to document the 2009 squid run in and around La Jolla Canyon, CA. A complete description of their activities can be found at http://sunray-productions.com/squid.html.