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Jumbo Squid Menace San Diego Shores
Associated Press ^ | July 17, 2009 | GILLIAN FLACCUS

Posted on 07/17/2009 1:36:04 PM PDT by libstripper

SAN DIEGO (July 17) - Jumbo flying squid — aggressive 5-foot-long sea monsters with razor-sharp beaks and toothy tentacles — have invaded the shallow waters off San Diego, spooking scuba divers and washing up dead on tourist-packed beaches.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: marinebiology; sandiego; squid
Why a SCUBA diving Cal. Freeper might need some health care.
1 posted on 07/17/2009 1:36:04 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: libstripper
simple solution

jumbo squid czar

2 posted on 07/17/2009 1:37:50 PM PDT by sloop (pfc in the quiet civil war)
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To: libstripper

Yum! fried calamari


3 posted on 07/17/2009 1:38:07 PM PDT by The Magical Mischief Tour
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To: libstripper

Poor Californians!

Real life once again finds its way into the bubble, if only for a brief moment.


4 posted on 07/17/2009 1:38:35 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: libstripper

They’re just up here dropping some anchor babies.


5 posted on 07/17/2009 1:39:09 PM PDT by Bernard Marx ("Civilizations die by suicide, not from murder" Toynbee)
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To: libstripper
aggressive 5-foot-long sea monsters with razor-sharp beaks and toothy tentacles

The calamari doesn't think you are tough at all.

Mmmmmmm, beak-watering swimmers.

6 posted on 07/17/2009 1:39:24 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (As a child Obama was rejected from Little League because of lack of a birth certificate.)
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To: libstripper

Run for your lives!

7 posted on 07/17/2009 1:40:06 PM PDT by MarineBrat (Who is Jim Thompson?)
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To: libstripper

Oh man. I just saw that video. If I encountered that underwater, I would likely crap my wetsuit.

(good thing I don’t dive, I guess)


8 posted on 07/17/2009 1:41:17 PM PDT by Constitution Day (Eschew exclamatory abuse.)
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To: libstripper

They’re coming to get us I tell ya!!! Like their friends, the DemocRATS, they blame us for “climate change”! We’re doomed! The last time this happened, it was the Mastodons!


9 posted on 07/17/2009 1:44:18 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Hey America! How's that "hope and change" thing working out?)
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To: libstripper

10 posted on 07/17/2009 1:45:09 PM PDT by r9etb
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To: libstripper

When ever there is an El Nino condition we find more fish off our coast that generally live off the mexican coast.


11 posted on 07/17/2009 1:45:50 PM PDT by cabojoe
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To: libstripper

I knew that the Navy population of that area was high but I thought they would at least stay in shape like the Marines do.
“;^o


12 posted on 07/17/2009 1:45:54 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (Are you in a union job? I'm sorry to hear that.)
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To: Constitution Day
Thats it, letting all this nature loose in the ocean is just to dangerous. Where are the guys from Deadliest Catch. Give captain Sig a few smokes and no bag limit and he can have these bad boys on the dinner table by Wednesday. Or bring up those Japanese fisherman from Whale Wars. Come on we have opposable thumbs and some good recipes for Calamari, we can take these guys.
13 posted on 07/17/2009 1:50:30 PM PDT by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world, and they are all out to get me.)
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To: GonzoGOP

ROFL!! Your post made me laugh out loud. Hurrah for opposable thumbs!


14 posted on 07/17/2009 1:51:32 PM PDT by Constitution Day (Eschew exclamatory abuse.)
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour

With Italian bread and Red wine.. Mmmmmm, good!!!!


15 posted on 07/17/2009 1:57:11 PM PDT by cubreporter
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To: The Magical Mischief Tour
Yum! fried calamari

In this case, "Flied Calamari".

16 posted on 07/17/2009 1:59:01 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: r9etb
Lordy, lordy, talk about nature provides!

Yummy yummy!

17 posted on 07/17/2009 1:59:02 PM PDT by norraad ("What light!">Blues Brothers)
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To: libstripper
If they're like the squid we have in the Gulf of Mexico,, all the squid in a given school are the same size....mainly because the rest of the school will eat any of their members that are smaller or weaker.

Kinda' like liberals.

18 posted on 07/17/2009 3:29:18 PM PDT by capt. norm (Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups.)
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Squid, one year life cycle?

yitbos

19 posted on 07/18/2009 1:57:41 PM PDT by bruinbirdman ("Those who control language control minds.")
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It may be a one year cycle, but they apparently start at different times or something as there is a wide variety in size. I've encountered schools of them near the surface at dawn that average about two feet long (and being devoured by a school of bonita) and other schools on the same trip that were about half that size.

* Word of warning....I had one bite me in the palm of my hand at the base of the thumb and his little beak took out a piece of flesh about the size of a match head. Not only did it hurt, it took a long time to heal...I guess it was just that fact that he took out a little chunk instead of just biting. I was out at night for flounder in a small boat and he miscalculated his jump and ended up in the boat with me. Even the little guys make great calamari if they are not sauteed too long. Most people over-cook them and they turn into leather. In this dog-eat-dog world, I thought it only fair that the squid that bit me became part of my lunch.

On a lighter note, as I looked out from the bridge and saw a couple of my deckhands "squid skating" on a wet deck. They tied squid onto the soles of their shoes and from there on they were "slime skating"....a lot like ice skating, proving that squid have many uses.

20 posted on 07/18/2009 3:23:23 PM PDT by capt. norm (Never underestimate the power of very stupid people in large groups.)
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To: capt. norm

I know that I’m responding to an older post, but I just happened to watch a really good presentation on the Humboldt Squid today. You can feel free to skip the Q&A at the end with it’s ‘humanity is screwing everything up’ overtones, but the balance of it is pretty good info from one Capt. Scott Cassell, who’s probably spent more time in the water with these things than anyone else alive.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4iDQsXIi3I

Some key points:

*They’re extremely opportunistic predators, and will eat anything, including each other and there are now known cases of people getting killed by them
*They breed and grow at a fantastic rate
*Their natural predators are fewer in number than before
*Their habitat is rapidly expanding, and now includes pretty much the entire Pacific Coast

Points of interest
*Three hearts
*Blood is blue when oxygenated and clear when it’s not
*The ‘light show’ multicolored aspect of their appearance, is wired directly to their brains, without first passing through a central nervous system
*They’re scary smart


21 posted on 07/26/2009 5:46:49 PM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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