Skip to comments.Big Squid Washing Up on Ore. Beach
Posted on 09/23/2009 1:36:05 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Dozens of large squid are reportedly washing up dead on the central Oregon coast near Heceta Head.
Oregon State Parks and Recreation spokesman Chris Havel tells the Oregonian his office is hearing reports of dozens of what are probably Humboldt squid. He says they're typically much more common in warmer waters around Santa Cruz, Calif.
Humboldt squid have also showed up recently in waters off the Washington coast and in the Strait of Juan de Fuca between Washington state and British Columbia's Vancouver Island. Commercial fishermen in the strait complained the giant squid were grabbing the salmon right off their hooks. The Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife has allowed the fishermen to sell the squid they accidentally catch as they troll for salmon.
NOAA oceanographer Kent Baltz from Santa Cruz said earlier that a "strong hypothesis" for why the squid have moved north is that the ocean water is warmer than usual.
Now that’s what I call calamaro...
MMMM... giant calamari :P’’’
Ditto - also good bait.
"The sea was angry that day, my friend..."
Eveything is bigger caught off the Texas coast (sort of)
Prelude to large offshore seismic or volcanic events?
Get a pile of a couple hundred of them, leave them in the sun for a few days, and they will smell like a pile of dhim congresscritters...
I have caught Humbolt squid (Rojo Diablo)when I was fishing down in the Sea of Cortez in Baja. They are a pain in the a$$ and will go after anything. The smaller ones are good eating and they make fine bait. They also seem to like to beach themselves in some kind of macabre suicidal pact, littering the beach with gasping squid bodies.
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