Footage of a flying cephalopod (?) while kitesurfing in the Caribbean.

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  1. thom

    thom Blue Ring Registered

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    I found this footage on youtube, it is not mine, but I found it interesting. It was taken by a kitesurfer in the waters off the Turks and Caicos Islands, and seems to show a small animal breaking the surface, leaving what looks like a trail of ink in its wake. Perhaps it was spooked by the surf board barreling past? I've never seen this sort of thing before, have any of you?

     
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    :shock: Very cool! I was skeptical but zoomed in a bit... Seems legit! starts as ink then continues as water...

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    Nice screen grab! I did some nosing around, and my guess is that it's a caribbean reef squid. Here's an article on this behavior. I actually saw a bunch of these when diving in Curacao fifteen years ago, but never imagined that this was part of their repertoire.
     
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    Tintenfisch Architeuthis Staff Member Moderator

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    Huh, interesting. It looks a lot squatter and more bulbous than most of the squids that are known to fly (onychoteuthids and ommastrephids). Good distance achieved before hitting the water again!
     
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    Maybe it's the camera angle that's making him look all short and stubby, but he sure did fly :)
     
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    Here are the YouTube comments,
     
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    Thales Colossal Squid Staff Member Moderator

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    Great find!
     
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    Love how the guy noticed it and kinda looking at it with a "Did I just see what I think I saw" look.
     
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