The very first reaction your going to give is an 'aaaaaah, so cute! The Sepiola or bobtail squid is a smaller version of and relative of the Cuttlefish. With it's 4 to 6 centimeters they are however way smaller and more difficult to spot. They love sandy areas in which they burrow themselves. Usually there aren't that many on one place. However this year I got a tip from a fellow diver they where in abundance at the dive site 'Kabbelaar' in the Grevelingen lake. Usually I go wreck diving here, but this time I went for the sandy patches around 6 meters just left of the wrecks.
I went with two friends on a Wednesday night at 20.00 pm. As the sun sets in Holland around 22.00 pm our first dive was still in full daylight, unfortunately the visibility was very poor. We where in luck however! Five minutes in to the dive, we found our very first sandy area and three Sepiola's. It's just an amazing creature and it's beautiful to see how it hovers in the water. They love your light and they have a tendency to bump against it when you hold it close. I'm not completely familiar with their behavior patterns, so I hope it isn't a harmful thing for them.
After taking our time observing and enjoying these three we went in search for more bobtail squids. As we came further into the dive the visibility dropped to a mere 2 meters. This made it harder to find the sandy patches and other sepiola's. We searched for almost 30 minutes when we came across a our second and even larger sandy area. Here we encountered several of the bobtail squids, all hiding below the sand, only their eyes popping out. After an hour we decided to end our first dive. We where al thirsty and it was time for a cup of coffee, a pee break and a bite to eat while enjoying a Dutch sunset. Which is quite beautiful by the way.
As darkness was slowly settling in we decided to keep our 2nd dive shorter, a maximum of 30 minutes. Mainly because the combination of darkness and the already poor visibility made it even harder to keep together and find the sandy area's with Sepiola's. I can tell you it's very hard to lead two divers with camera's in these poor conditions. Continously you're checking your sides, checking your compass and in the meanwhile you're trying to find Sepiola's. In the end we did find some squids, but I was to dark to really make photo's or video's. Luckily we did all that in our first dive!
While rinsing our equipment I couldn't wait to get home and check out those photo's and video's. It's just amazing to dive with these little fellows.