Incredibly Rare Underwater Footage of a Deep Sea Squid Giving Birth to Glowing Babies

squid babies

Filmmaker Brent Hoff captured rare and amazing underwater footage of a deep sea squid giving birth, depositing the tiny cephalopods out into the ocean, glowing like falling stars before swimming out on their own. According to Squid World, a female can produce thousands of eggs at one time.

Thousands of eggs can be produced at a time by one female. It isn’t known how the eggs develop inside of the body of the squid. …What we do know is that the size of the eggs depends on the species, but they are all quite small in size. She will distribute them in hidden areas of the water including under rocks or in various holes and crevices she can find. It can be up to eight weeks before those eggs hatch so keeping them save from predators can be difficult. The female squid don’t wait around for them to hatch, they leave after depositing them.

Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

Lori is a Laughing Squid Contributing Editor based in New York City who has been writing blog posts for over a decade. She also enjoys making jewelry, playing guitar, taking photos and mixing craft cocktails.