Giant Squid Diving Tours in Baja California Sur.
There are currently no services offering giant squid diving tours in Baja California Sur.
However, here we inform you how to have a modest approach with this cephalopod.
To meet this cephalopod there are two options:
Giant squid diving tours in Baja California Sur by your own
- Underwater: you must have appropriate equipment, and security meassures, to face the giant squid due to its ferocity.
- On the sea surface: you must have the support of one of the local expert fishermen.
In Bahía Magdalena, BCS, in front of Puerto de San Carlos, on the Pacific side, giant Humboldt squid abound.
There are so many that this type of squid is the catch of the day during each season.
Depending on the season, fishermen collect:
Pacific geoduck (almeja generosa)
- Various species of fish
- and Giant Squid
Other places in Baja Sur where it is possible to meet the giant squid
Also in Santa Rosalía, Loreto and Mulegé, BCS, but in the Sea of Cortez, it is possible to meet specimens of giant squid through local fishermen as well as through dives with suitable diving equipment and strict security measures.
In these towns there are lodging and transportation services.
Ask about the possibility of diving in nearby islands such as San Idelfonso and Isla Carmen.
Bearing in mind that everything changes, on your next visit to Baja Sur do not forget to ask if any company is finally offering giant squid diving tours in Baja California Sur.
Giant Humboldt Squid
Scientific name: Dosidicus gigas
To enjoy a safe dive during which you can record video or take photos of this voracious creature during its nocturnal activity, you must protect yourself with a cage that prevents its long tentacles from reaching you.
Dive trips to observe the giant squid of the Gulf of California in their natural habitat are not yet organized by any dive company established in Baja California Sur.
Photos, videos and movies where you see this famous but relatively unknown sea creature, have been obtained by divers hired by film companies, by research scientists or by government agencies.
Therefore, if you have the firm decision to dive with the giant squid in Baja California Sur, you must bring your own equipment.
In this case, for your safety, you should get advice from an expert Humboldt squid fisherman.
Giant Squid Season in Baja California
The best time of year to observe the Humboldt squid in its natural environment is when it is abundant: between March and July.
Where does the Giant Squid live
The giant squid is native to the Humboldt Current, which runs from Tierra del Fuego to the coasts of Peru. However, the area where these huge mollusks live extends to the shores of Alaska.
In Mexico, the Humboldt squid lives in the sea surrounding the Bajacalifornia Peninsula, but the population of this huge mollusk is mainly concentrated in the Gulf of Cortés and in Bahía Magdalena, BCS.
How Deep Does the Giant Squid Live?
This marine cephalopod spends most of its life in depths of between 220 and 750 meters where there is very little visibility, which is why many of its customs and life cycles are little known.
Humboldt Squids Characteristics...
- they have a big brain
- three hearts
- blue blood
- eight tentacles with serrated suction cups
- beak similar to a parakeet
- big eyes
- color-changing body
- rapid growth rate
Dosidicus Gigas Size
Individuals of this species have been found up to 2.5 meters long, and with an approximate weight of up to 50 kilos, depending on their sex... females are larger than males.
Sperm Whale vs Giant Squid
The Giant Squid is one of the most voracious and aggressive marine predators in the oceans.
Its behavior is cannibalistic as it comes to attack and eat their own kind.
However, this cephalopod mollusk has its own predator: the sperm whale.
How long do Giant Squids live?
These abyssal beings live between 1 and 3 years according to their sex.
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