The SOFA area in the Eastern Pacific
Sperm Whales and Great White Sharks convene in the "SOFA" area (Shared Offshore Foraging Area) of the Eastern Pacific to gorge on Giant Squid. The Giant Squid are in the area deep underwater to mate; after mating, they die. Scientists estimate there are over 3 Billion (with a B!) Giant Squid in the Ocean; we have seen virtually no living examples. We find Giant Squid carcasses on the surface of all of the oceans and have 90 seconds of video of one specimen.
3 Billion giant squid means 1.5 Trillion pounds of squid, the largest biomass of any animal on earth, including man. If we had the same biomass of elephants, there would be almost 19,000,000 elephants roaming the land. Do giant squid affect the total ecology of earth? How could they not? Their daily food intake alone
Our sub has the speed to follow sperm whales down over 6,000 feet and let them guide us to the feeding grounds. The goal is to bring back video of the Squid and a Sperm Whale/Giant Squid feeding battle, if possible. This mission will bring back scientific knowledge along with the joy of a chase, Natural History style!
Credit Marine Conservation Science Institute and Ocearch
Sperm Whale dining on Giant Squid
Credit Tony Wu, Bancroft/Fame Pictures
The Pentarius Deep Sub Project
Chasing Sperm Whales, Great White Sharks and the Giant Squid
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