Originally Posted by limeydal
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.