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Ceph., May 7, 1982, II. [[circled]]4[[/circled]] I try not to interfere with the filming. Soon retire to boat. Before leaving, I can follow only one sequence. A courting party of 1 [[female symbol]], 1 near [[male symbol]], and 1 far [[male symbol]] at end of group. [[female symbol]] rises in extreme Pie, with extreme Halter. [[2 male symbol]] in something like Ord+ (at least with WS, probably not with Y) Far [[male symbol]] has RL. RL seems to be permanent or semi-permanent. Then a third [[male symbol]], a second far [[male symbol]], joins party. At about the same time, coincidentally (???), A films some Z performances. Party of four inds. continues. [[female symbol]]Pies and Pies again. All very extreme. Rather surprisingly, this does not seem to discourage her suitors: They press her more and more closely. Near [[male symbol]] starts Fluttering Rushes forward toward [[female symbol]] in apparent copulation attempt. Turns buffy-yellow as he does so. Attempt probably not successful. All members of the party retreat. Come back soon. NOTE: All or most of the [[female symbol]]'s Pies were done with arms hanging downward [[image]] or [[image]] This probably is typical A says that "pair", not party, eventually separated from group. And then [[male symbol]] began to show Lateral Silver. Go out at night. Around Panetupo 7:00-8:00 pm. Explore very large areas of TG, and smaller but still extensive areas of almost pure sand. Not a single cephalopod in sight. COMMENT: We have now done quite a lot of searching in TG at night. And we have found nothing except the 2 small Sepiots near San Blas Point three nights ago. This would suggest(confirm) that small Sepiots leave the flats at night to go out to more open or deeper waters. In this connection, it may be significant that small sardines also seem to scatter at night.
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