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Wrapped Attention
Photograph by Brian Skerry

In an orgy of mating, thousands of opalescent male inshore squid seize females with their crimson arms, which warn away rivals. Working off California's Channel Islands, commercial fishermen use powerful lights to attract the squid. "Sometimes the squid were so thick that they came up all the way to the surface and floated in a layer, mating all the while," says photographer Brian Skerry. The fishermen's catch is worth about $18 million a year.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: 24mm
Speed and F-Stop: f/11
Weather Conditions: Underwater
Time of Day: Unrecorded
Lighting Techniques: Unrecorded


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