Divers come across a giant nest of squid eggs floating in water near the Great Barrier Reef.
40,000 squid eggs curl like springs in the sea.
Ocean Safari diving company recorded purple elongated objects on the Great Barrier Reef off the Queensland coast and shared on Facebook on September 13. According to Kellie Roberts, manager of Ocean Safari, at first they didn't know what it was. The wobbly object also makes many people use social networks confused.
"We took a while to look up what we saw and turned out to be squid eggs," Roberts said. Most likely this is the egg of the diamond back squid (Thysanoteuthis rhombus) , a large species of squid distributed in tropical and subtropical waters around the world. Unlike other squid species, diamond back squid spends most of its life with a partner.
The life expectancy of this squid is only about a year. They mate and lay eggs only once, according to Dr. Blake Spady, a squid expert at James Cook University. Eggs usually contain 35,000 - 75,000 fruits. Dr. Spady estimates the squid eggs in the video include about 40,000.