Announcing Our September Photo Contest Winner!

Congratulations to J.R. Cummings, who captured this month’s winning photo, “Squid Pair Attaching Egg Case to Cluster”, off the coast of Rockport, MA. We love the way this photo captures a critical moment in the life cycle of these animals against a striking black background.

Longfin squid are common in New England inshore waters and an important species for both fishermen and scientists. The squid have a short lifespan and the population turns over completely in six to eight months, so the fishery can handle relatively strong fishing pressure. Regulators have divided the squid quota across three seasons so the fishery can operate year-round.

Longfin squid also serve as a perfect test species for scientists studying the nervous system. Their chromatophores, the color-producing cells that allow them to actively camouflage themselves like ocean chameleons, also have an interesting response when the squid’s skin is stimulated by music—check out this video of the cells “dancing”:

For another beautiful photo and more information about longfin squid, see this post.

Also check out our New England Ocean Odyssey Facebook page where we’ll be posting the honorable mentions from the September photo contest over the next few days.

If you have pictures to share, there are still a few days left in our October contest!

Entering is easy! Explore New England’s oceans, take some photographs and then share them with our online community on Flickr™. All you need to do is add your photos to the New England Ocean Odyssey group and tag them “PhotoContestNEOO2012”. Find out more here.

Each month’s winner will receive a copy of Brian Skerry’s beautiful book, Ocean Soul. 

We look forward to seeing your photos!