“Release All the Big Ones.” Night Diving with Giant Spiny Lobsters off Southern California.

by Owen James Burke

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“Got a nice eight-pound lobster here. Release all the big ones.” That’s not something you’re likely to hear anywhere in the world (regarding lobster, at least). Screenshot from video below.

Spiny lobster (or cray, as they’re known here in New Zealand) let their guards down and stray from their holes at night, when foraging along the open seafloor is relatively safer for them. Most lobsters you’ll find off Southern California will be around two pounds or so, but this crew of divers has found a honey hole.

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Big lobsters are strong breeders, and largely responsible for keeping the seafloor crawling with their beautiful brethren. Screenshot from video below.

Coastal waters are beginning to warm here in EnZed, and that means runners, or shallow-water seeking bugs, are on their way, an arrival which I’m anxiously awaiting, though I’m notoriously bad at grabbing these guys before they jet back into the abyss of their craggy homes. Here’s hoping for a little more luck in the coming weeks.


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