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Hundreds of squid wash onto Santa Cruz area beaches
Mercury News ^ | 12/10/12 | Cathy Kelly - santacruzsentinel.com

Posted on 12/10/2012 3:32:42 PM PST by NormsRevenge

APTOS -- California Department of Fish & Game scientists are investigating why hundreds of dead squid washed up on Aptos-area beaches roughly from Rio Del Mar to Pleasure Point on Sunday.

Many of the squid remained on the sand at Rio del Mar State Beach on Monday, and a sea of seagulls gorged themselves. State Parks officials said they were just advised of the issue Monday and that their resource specialists had just started looking into it.

Fish & Game promised a statement later Monday.

In late October, about 100 squid beached themselves in Pacific Grove, the Monterey Herald reported.

At that time, scientists said they were not sure why the Humboldt squid washed up near Hopkins Marine Station, but a Hopkins University professor, William Gilly, said he suspected that squid venture out of their normal breeding grounds in Baja's Sea of Cortez during El Niño years, when warmer water creates an inviting environment for them.

"When they re-colonize an area, the vanguard usually goes through this kind of stranding behavior," said Gilly, who has studied the Humboldt squid for more than two decades.

Starting with the El Niño of 1997, the squid, which grow to 6 feet and 100 pounds in their native Baja, have been spotted in the Pacific Ocean about 300 miles offshore from Canada to Chile, including several sporadic sightings in Monterey, the Herald reported.

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Local News; Outdoors; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: beaches; santacruz; squid
sounds like a calamari festival is in order... if the sea gulls don't get to all the squid first.
1 posted on 12/10/2012 3:32:50 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: tubebender

time to ask a local expert

Is Humboldt squid edible?

deep fried , beer batter OK?


2 posted on 12/10/2012 3:34:11 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: NormsRevenge

And this is Bush’s fault, I suppose?


3 posted on 12/10/2012 3:35:41 PM PST by laweeks
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To: NormsRevenge

Squid fishing is fun. When a squid is hooked, it fights back by squirting the fisherman with water and when boated, it squirts him with ink.


4 posted on 12/10/2012 3:38:12 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Hundreds?

30 years ago I saw many Thousands

TT


5 posted on 12/10/2012 3:38:22 PM PST by TexasTransplant (Radical islam is islam. Moderate islam is the Trojan Horse.)
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To: NormsRevenge

“Is Humboldt squid edible?”

Humboldt squid eat you! They are reputed to grab Mexican fisherman who fall in the water and drag them down, never to be seen again.


6 posted on 12/10/2012 3:51:56 PM PST by Owl558 ("Those who remember George Satayana are doomed to repeat him")
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To: Fiji Hill
Squid fishing is fun. When a squid is hooked, it fights back by squirting the fisherman with water and when boated, it squirts him with ink.

So why is this fun? Or did you mean it is fun to watch from a safe distance?

7 posted on 12/10/2012 3:52:41 PM PST by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: NormsRevenge

Someone must have told them about the Mayan calendar and they committed suicide.


8 posted on 12/10/2012 3:55:08 PM PST by teacherwoes ("I saw under the sun in the place of judgment wickedness, and in the place of justice iniquity.")
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To: NormsRevenge

Lemmings in reverse.


9 posted on 12/10/2012 3:57:43 PM PST by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: NormsRevenge
"Hundreds of squid wash onto Santa Cruz area beaches"

Nice...

Fleet week!

Bar fights, heavy drinking, squids getting into all manner of trouble. just like the old "John Wayne days"

Yea Baby that's the ticket...

10 posted on 12/10/2012 3:59:10 PM PST by SERE_DOC ( “The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.” TJ.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Squid vs. banana slugs.


11 posted on 12/10/2012 4:11:18 PM PST by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: NormsRevenge

On an unrelated note the Detroit Redwings were in town for some R&R.


12 posted on 12/10/2012 4:12:32 PM PST by BipolarBob (Riding my stick horse grinning like an idiot.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Tried to make pasta sauce with them a few years back, it was awful. They are big and thick, the one I bought was about 3+ lbs. and the flesh was about 3/8” thick. The best tasting ones are in the N/E. The ones here in FL are about the size of the N/E squid. Best for deep frying and superb pasta sauce.


13 posted on 12/10/2012 4:19:30 PM PST by Bringbackthedraft (Who we elect is not as important as who they bring in with them.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Squid - they are always too early — it was suppose to be 21 DEC when they were suppose to do that...now no one will be freaked out...calamari anyone!


14 posted on 12/10/2012 4:22:38 PM PST by BCW (http://babylonscovertwar.com/index.html)
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To: NormsRevenge
Is Humboldt squid edible?

They are vicious!

15 posted on 12/10/2012 4:23:19 PM PST by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: SERE_DOC

That was about the same thing I thought when I read the headline.


16 posted on 12/10/2012 4:27:51 PM PST by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: FatherofFive

It’s especially fun to catch squid on a hot day, on a hot day, when they shoot streams of water at you.

To catch squid, you need a squid jig, a plug studded with sharp spines—they will slip off a regular fish hook. Squid aren’t very smart, so when you throw out your jig into a school of squid, one will almost always grab it. Soon, you’ll have a bagful.


17 posted on 12/10/2012 4:36:26 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: Fiji Hill

no all you need to catch a squid is a half way attractive female in a short skirt with a bottle in her hand. or is that just army aviators.


18 posted on 12/10/2012 4:38:56 PM PST by bravo whiskey
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To: NormsRevenge

“Release the Kraken!”
“What, no Kraken?” “
OK. Release the Calamari!”


19 posted on 12/10/2012 5:21:57 PM PST by Flick Lives (We're going to be just like the old Soviet Union, but with free cell phones!)
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To: NormsRevenge
Is Humboldt squid edible?

Wash it thoroughly and get it on ice asap.
Take off the head, gut it, fillet it and remove all membranes.
Soak the fillet in milk (or buttermilk) for 24 hours.
Cut the fillet into half-inch-thick, 6-inch by 8-inch pieces and tenderize each fillet by pounding. Wrap the strips around two slices of pepperjack cheese and a strip of Ortega chile.
Secure the fillet with toothpicks on the ends and in the middle. Dilute each egg white with a tablespoon of water for each egg, and whip until foamy. Dip the fillets into the egg foam.
Bread the fillet in a mixture with two parts white corn meal to one part corn starch.
Fry in peanut oil, @ 320 to 350 degrees, for three minutes or so on each side.
Top it with drawn butter, garlic and lime juice and salt to taste.
Garnish with beak.

20 posted on 12/10/2012 5:26:13 PM PST by atomic_dog
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To: laweeks

Yes, it has to be Bush’s fault....


21 posted on 12/10/2012 5:41:23 PM PST by never4get (We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid)
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To: NormsRevenge

Further investigation has revealed they are all Republicans...


22 posted on 12/10/2012 5:59:29 PM PST by pabianice (washington, dc ..)
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To: atomic_dog
Is Humboldt squid edible?

Wash it thoroughly and get it on ice asap. Take off the head, gut it, fillet it and remove all membranes. Soak the fillet in milk (or buttermilk) for 24 hours. Cut the fillet into half-inch-thick, 6-inch by 8-inch pieces and tenderize each fillet by pounding. Wrap the strips around two slices of pepperjack cheese and a strip of Ortega chile. Secure the fillet with toothpicks on the ends and in the middle. Dilute each egg white with a tablespoon of water for each egg, and whip until foamy. Dip the fillets into the egg foam. Bread the fillet in a mixture with two parts white corn meal to one part corn starch. Fry in peanut oil, @ 320 to 350 degrees, for three minutes or so on each side. Top it with drawn butter, garlic and lime juice and salt to taste. Garnish with beak.

You could have just said "no".

23 posted on 12/10/2012 6:00:21 PM PST by Honcho Bongs (Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance and the gospel of envy. - Churchill)
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To: NormsRevenge

Never eaten any Norm as I prefer Rock Fish, Dungeness Crab and big Shrimp and of course Smoked Salmon . I still have at least one niece living in SC so I’ll give her a shout...


24 posted on 12/10/2012 10:26:27 PM PST by tubebender (Evening news is where th<I>ey begin with "Good Evening," and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.)
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To: tubebender

I just had some Dungeness crab for dinner tonight. Creamed on toast. Good stuff.


25 posted on 12/10/2012 10:43:26 PM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Superciliousness is the essence of Obama)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

Never tried that because there is never any left when we have. Season hasn’t started here yet but the docks and parking lots are stacked high with pots rigged and ready to go. Sport season has been open for 3 weeks but the ocean can be pretty nasty this time of year for small boats.


26 posted on 12/10/2012 11:06:47 PM PST by tubebender (Evening news is where th<I>ey begin with "Good Evening," and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.)
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To: SERE_DOC

dang! beat me to it!


27 posted on 12/11/2012 6:34:14 AM PST by Docbarleypop (Navy Doc)
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To: tubebender

My brother came over from Redding and went out of Cresent. Dropped some off in Willow Creek on his way home. Thank you Brother. Their not quite full yet but mighty tasty. Is commercial season supposed to open on the 15th ?


28 posted on 12/11/2012 7:09:27 AM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Superciliousness is the essence of Obama)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

Local Blog is reporting no Crab for Christmas due to the skinny fill rate...


29 posted on 12/11/2012 8:53:52 AM PST by tubebender (Evening news is where th<I>ey begin with "Good Evening," and then proceed to tell you why it isn't.)
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