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Old 25 July 2007, 22:07   #1
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Watch out Californians

The Giant Squids are out to get you!!!

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Old 26 July 2007, 00:09   #2
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Took the kids to see them in 2002 when the whole beach at La Jolla was covered with them People were actually taking trash cans and taking the home to eat In the end the council brought garbage trucks and carried the squid up from the beach to be dumped
The Humbolt squid are venturing further north this year.They grow up to 7 ft long and are ravenous predators.

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Old 26 July 2007, 07:18   #3
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We don't have any giants down here but plenty of your garden variety squid. I met a couple of guys who fished for squid and flying fish in the Windwards. They would take two small boats out at night, rig one with a bedsheet and lantern and sit in the other and drink beer all night. Both squid and flying fish are attracted to the light, fly out of the water, hit the sheet and fall into the boat. We like to expend as little effort as necessary around here.
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Old 26 July 2007, 12:39   #4
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Originally Posted by limeydal View Post
The Humbolt squid are venturing further north this year.They grow up to 7 ft long and are ravenous predators.
Not just this year. They were first spotted off the Central CA coast in about 1990 or so; they disappeared for a few years, and returned in the mid- to late 90's. Last year, the fishing boats had a grand time catching them offshore just north of San Francisco.

They are ravenous predators in the sense that they grow from microscopic to the adult length in about a year and a half. They get a little nutso when someone hooks one up and it starts thrashing around.

Reports of encounters away from fishermen tend to be not quite so dramatic.

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