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Massive Squid Washes Up on Beach in Quake Aftermath
NBC Bay Area ^ | 12:48 PM PDT, Sun, Jul 12, 2009 | MICHELLE WAYLAND

Posted on 07/12/2009 8:07:07 PM PDT by null and void

Jumbo Humboldt squid wash up minutes after 4.0 earthquake hit off the coast of La Jolla

It was an odd start to the morning in La Jolla. First residents were jolted out of bed at 7.34 a.m. by a 4.0 magnitude earthquake that was centered 19 miles out to sea.

First residents were jolted out of bed by an earthquake, which is not uncommon in San Diego, but what happened just minutes later was a little fishy.

“I was having coffee up on the balcony and I felt it shaking,” Kate Lutkemeier said.

She wasn’t the only one.

“I heard my doors and windows rattling, thinking that somebody was trying to get in my front door actually,” La Jolla resident Mary Skeen said.

The quake was felt all over the county, which isn’t uncommon in San Diego -- but what happened just minutes later was a little fishy.

“We just got here about 15 minutes ago and Lilly, what did you see on the beach?” John Feher asked his little daughter. “Squid, squid, squid, squid, squid.” she replied.

Dozens of dazed Humboldt squid that were about three to four feet long and weighed close to 40 pounds were flapping around on La Jolla Shores beach.

“It’s like their equilibrium is all messed up and they don’t know what they’re doing and they can’t back out there,” Bill Baumann said. “It was like they got -- I don’t know -- all shook up.”

It didn’t take long for the seagulls to swoop in and start feeding on the squid, so beachgoers ran to the rescue and tried frantically to save them by throwing them back in the water. That proved to be a difficult task for several reasons -- they were extremely heavy, very slippery, and when the good Samaritans did manage to get them back them in water, the squid didn’t know where to go and kept washing back up.

“Some people were saying it was the earthquake this morning that caused them to get disoriented but who knows? Feher said.

He wasn’t the only person to mention that theory.

“A state guy was out and said the earthquake caused (it),” Baumann said.

Lifeguard Sgt. David Rains said that is one of several possibilities -- there are a lot of fishing boats in the area so there is a lot of fish activity and those kind of creatures always follow the food supply. He also said there have been a lot of water inversions and the water has turned from warm to cold -- but he doesn’t know for sure.

“Why are they here? Why are the squid here? I can’t honestly tell you,” Sgt. Rains said. “I don’t if it’s tied or not to the earthquake.”

According to the lifeguard, swimmers should be wary of the creatures and keep their distance.

“The Humboldt squid can be very big and very powerful and they may be dangerous,” Sgt. Rains said. “It’s just something I wouldn’t mess with until you’re sure that it’s dead. They’ve got a lot of suckers and claws and a parrot like beak and they can inflict some damage.”

A spokesman for Scripps Institution of Oceanography said at this point they do not see a connection between the squid and the earthquake, but plan to look into it. Dozens of squid washing up at the same time is unusual but it has happened before, according to Sgt. Rains. But Mary Skeen said it is a first for her.

“I have never seen squid in the 42 years that I’ve lived here on the shores in La Jolla,” she said.

For now there are more questions than answers; did the earthquake cause the squid to wash up or was it simply a coincidence? Just ask the little girl who helped daddy push some alien looking creatures back out to sea.

“Is it a mystery?” Feher asked his little daughter Lilly. “Yeah,” she replied.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: bushsfault; calamari; catastrophism; cryptobiology; cryptozoology; cthulhu; earthquake; giantsquid; globalwarmingscare; kraken; napl; squid; squidproquo; weirdscience

1 posted on 07/12/2009 8:07:07 PM PDT by null and void
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To: null and void
Good graphic!

I needed that. Things have been so dismal, politically speaking.

2 posted on 07/12/2009 8:09:06 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: nmh
She's feeling better...

[source - Drudge, today]

3 posted on 07/12/2009 8:11:14 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 173 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: null and void

I didn’t know that squid wear pants suits!


4 posted on 07/12/2009 8:12:54 PM PDT by Batman11 (Chicago, Land of Lincoln who freed the slaves and Land of Obama who enslaved the free.)
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To: null and void
[cue Billy Crystal]

“But it is better to look good than to feel good...and you, Madam Secretary, do not look mahvelous!”

5 posted on 07/12/2009 8:13:53 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: null and void

Did Michele beat her up to the tune of “Beat it”?


6 posted on 07/12/2009 8:14:47 PM PDT by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: null and void; dighton; aculeus; martin_fierro; Jeremiah Jr; Slings and Arrows; dennisw
“The Humboldt squid can be very big and very powerful and they may be dangerous,” Sgt. Rains said. “It’s just something I wouldn’t mess with until you’re sure that it’s dead. They’ve got a lot of suckers and claws and a parrot like beak and they can inflict some damage.”

Humboldt squid = congresscritters. No wonder they aren't kosher.

7 posted on 07/12/2009 8:18:56 PM PDT by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: null and void

Thanks for posting that picture.

First, I am glad she is healing from her injury, and wish her good health.

Second, isn’t it rather odd that we only barely heard about her fall/injury in the MSM????

Like the woman who comes to work with a black eye, and says she ran into the door?

Looks like she has a new attitude as well.


8 posted on 07/12/2009 8:22:32 PM PDT by UCANSEE2
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To: null and void

My husband is a geologist. He said there was possibly a compression wave, from the earthquake, like a small bomb going off, that shocked the squid. How can there be ‘no correlation?’


9 posted on 07/12/2009 8:22:59 PM PDT by bboop (obama, little o, not a Real God)
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To: null and void

Those squid down in the Sea of Cortez have been known to attack swimmers devour human flesh. They attack in swarms at night from the deep. Not recommended for night time swimming if they are found in groups in the area.


10 posted on 07/12/2009 8:23:19 PM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: null and void

from the article

“got a lot of suckers and claws and a parrot like beak and they can inflict some damage.”

would be a good caption for the picture.


11 posted on 07/12/2009 8:25:34 PM PDT by staytrue
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To: null and void

12 posted on 07/12/2009 8:27:01 PM PDT by Roscoe Karns
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To: Cvengr

You must have watched that Monster Quest show.

parsy, who knows Big Foot exists


13 posted on 07/12/2009 8:28:11 PM PDT by parsifal ("Knock and ye shall receive!" (The Bible, somewhere.))
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To: null and void

where do I get a fancy black arm sling WITH A PRESIDENTIAL SEAL?


14 posted on 07/12/2009 8:31:07 PM PDT by Mr. K (THIS ADMINISTRATION IS WEARING OUT MY CAPSLOCK KEY DAMMIT DAMMIT DAMMIT!!!!!)
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To: bboop
How can there be ‘no correlation?’

Because they need time to think up some way to blame it on human-caused global warming.

15 posted on 07/12/2009 8:47:46 PM PDT by Bernard Marx ("Civilizations die by suicide, not from murder" Toynbee)
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To: null and void
Should be a double headed mutated squid ... and I know you will guess who the other one will be .... I guarantee you will know.... : )
16 posted on 07/12/2009 8:54:40 PM PDT by Prophet in the wilderness (PSALM .53 : 1 The FOOL hath said in his heart, there is no GOD.)
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To: Mr. K

That’s the seal of the Secretary of State...


17 posted on 07/12/2009 9:38:40 PM PDT by B-Chan
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To: null and void

“beachgoers ran to the rescue and tried frantically to save them by throwing them back in the water.”

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!
Bunny huggers are funny.


18 posted on 07/12/2009 9:40:29 PM PDT by T-Bro (Hey, dems... tax this!)
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To: B-Chan

Don’t you think it strange that her thighness has been sent out to pasture lately?


19 posted on 07/12/2009 9:45:27 PM PDT by txhurl (Put the pressure on and keep it on until this administration snaps.)
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To: Ezekiel; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...
Sashimi for everyone!


20 posted on 07/12/2009 9:46:48 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Crazy is the new sane.)
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To: T-Bro
Huh? Wouldn't you?

nully <---- Californian, and former owner of two bunnies and a squirrel

21 posted on 07/12/2009 9:47:15 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 173 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: null and void

This is supposed to be a professional news source. They don’t know the difference between tied and tide? Need a decent editor and stop relying on spell check to do the editing.


22 posted on 07/12/2009 9:50:25 PM PDT by gunnut
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To: gunnut

Q: Do you know why eskimos wash their clothes in tide?


23 posted on 07/12/2009 9:53:51 PM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 173 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: null and void
Go try to push the 7 foot poisonous*, occasionally man-eating, animals back into the ocean. Idiots.
*All squids and octopi are poisonous, but the venom of only a few species affects people.
24 posted on 07/12/2009 10:21:43 PM PDT by rmlew ( The SAVE and GIVE acts are institutioning Corvee. Where's the outtrage!)
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To: gunnut
“I don’t if it’s tied or not to the earthquake.”

I think the word tied was used in the context, tied to the earthquake.

25 posted on 07/12/2009 10:24:57 PM PDT by Doe Eyes
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To: SunkenCiv; Squidpup; shaggy eel; Cyclopean Squid
Cthulu ping

 

 

26 posted on 07/12/2009 10:50:26 PM PDT by Stoat (Palin / Coulter 2012: A Strong America Through Unapologetic Conservatism)
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To: null and void
Squid? I thought you said slug.


27 posted on 07/13/2009 3:02:49 AM PDT by paulycy (Liberal DOUBLE-STANDARDS are HATE crimes.)
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To: gunnut

I NEVER use Spell Check for this very season.


28 posted on 07/13/2009 5:19:55 AM PDT by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (The "P" in democrat stands for patriotism)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Misleading headline.

Massive Squid Washes Up on Beach in Quake Aftermath

So, an enormous squid came to shore and washed itself on the beach after an earthquake? Did it use Tide?

[groans]


29 posted on 07/13/2009 5:36:01 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Slings and Arrows

Or in England, it washed its dishes. Maybe it used Dawn.


30 posted on 07/13/2009 5:37:21 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: null and void

A: Because it’s too cold out-tide!


31 posted on 07/13/2009 6:14:35 AM PDT by freebird5850 (O-Bomba is not the Messia. Jesus was a carpenter and could build a cabinet!)
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To: Stoat
Thanks for the ping! Photobucket
32 posted on 07/13/2009 7:11:32 AM PDT by Squidpup ("Fight the Good Fight")
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To: T-Bro
Bunny huggers are funny.

No kidding, they should get some batter, fire up the fry-daddy and mix up some garlic butter!
33 posted on 07/13/2009 8:05:59 AM PDT by BJClinton (One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: freebird5850

Excellent!


34 posted on 07/13/2009 9:43:31 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 174 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: null and void

Dazed Giant Squid Wash Up On California Beach After Earthquake
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oc65PHqWrc


35 posted on 07/13/2009 10:37:51 AM PDT by Lorianne
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To: TheOldLady

Cleanlisquid is next to Godlisquid.


36 posted on 07/13/2009 1:01:38 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Crazy is the new sane.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

ROFL!


37 posted on 07/13/2009 1:40:23 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: Stoat; dragonblustar; 75thOVI; aimhigh; Alice in Wonderland; AndrewC; aragorn; aristotleman; ...
Thanks Stoat!
 
Catastrophism
· join · view topics · view or post blog · bookmark · post new topic ·

38 posted on 07/13/2009 3:30:13 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: T-Bro

That part of the report had me shaking my head.

It would make more sense to batter and fry them!


39 posted on 07/13/2009 5:54:36 PM PDT by BenLurkin ("A new Dark Ages made all the more terrible and prolonged by the sinister powers of science.")
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To: Squidpup
You're welcome  :-)


40 posted on 07/14/2009 8:42:30 AM PDT by Stoat (Palin / Coulter 2012: A Strong America Through Unapologetic Conservatism)
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To: SunkenCiv
You're welcome, and thank you very much for pinging your list  :-)

 Thank You

41 posted on 07/14/2009 8:44:14 AM PDT by Stoat (Palin / Coulter 2012: A Strong America Through Unapologetic Conservatism)
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To: Stoat

My pleasure.


42 posted on 07/14/2009 9:51:19 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: null and void; SunkenCiv
Weird stuff happens when the earth moves. Google search for earthquake em pulse.
43 posted on 07/14/2009 7:13:17 PM PDT by ForGod'sSake (You have two choices and two choices only: SUBMIT or RESIST. Have I missed anything?)
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To: T-Bro

Well, if they all died on shore, they’d smell real bad.


44 posted on 09/23/2009 2:39:29 PM PDT by eCSMaster
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