20th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
The beginning of new life

An about to hatch, fully developed squid embryo is quite a sight to all those who like macro photography. These eggs belong to the squid called 'Uroteuthis duvauceli' commonly called as 'Indian pencil squid'. Post monsoon season, these squids visit the sandy beaches of Mumbai during high tide and anchor their egg cases in sand. The the embryos in the these egg cases take about 6 to 7 days to develop fully and hatch. The image showcases a fully developed squid embryo clicked through the transparent egg case. We can say the embryo is about to hatch as it shows fully developed eyes and chromatophores, which are color changing skin pigments of squids.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 11.2022
Date Uploaded: 11.2022
Photo Location: Mumbai, India
Camera: Canon EOS 70D
Copyright: © Gaurav Patil