“labor rooms” for the neritic squids

squid delivery room

在台灣,多名潛水愛好者為俗稱「軟絲仔」的烏賊建造了「產房」。一般來說,軟絲仔會在珊瑚礁產卵,可是因為環境污染的關係,很多珊瑚礁被廢棄的漁網覆蓋,令軟絲仔被逼在沒有掩蓋的海床產卵。這些卵還來不及孵化便被魚類吃掉了,大大減低了軟絲仔的繁殖力和數量。有見及此,多名潛水愛好者於7年前開始在一個海灣投放以桂竹綁在一起造成的竹排,為軟絲仔提供產卵的好地方。現在每逢到了軟絲仔的產卵期,都可看到多至100對軟絲仔在這些「產房」(桂竹排)徘徊。

In Taiwan, a number of divers had been building “labor rooms” for squids. This type of squid, known as Neritic Squids, usually lay eggs in coral reefs. But due to pollution, coral reefs are often covered with abandoned fishnets and many were forced to lay eggs on shelterless seabeds. These unprotected eggs are easy prey for predators like fish and therefore only few managed to hatch. This resulted in a substantial drop in both the number of neritic squids as well as their reproductive capacity. In view of this, a number of diving enthusiasts joined forces 7 years ago to provide these squids with man-made bamboo-rafts, shelters for them to lay eggs and reproduce. You can now find as many as 100 pairs of neritic squid around these bamboo-rafts “labor rooms” during their mating season.

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