Humboldt, or Jumbo squid (Dosidicus gigas)
|Jumbo squid wash up on Southern California beaches
Thursday, January 20, 2005 Posted: 8:17 AM EST (1317 GMT)
Hundreds of squid washed up along Newport Beach, California.
NEWPORT BEACH, California (AP) -- Hundreds of giant squid are washing up on Orange County beaches, creating a scene more akin to "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" than "The O.C."
The bug-eyed sea creatures, believed to be Humboldt squid, normally reside in deep water and only come to the surface at night. Why approximately 500 of them began washing up on the sands of Laguna Beach and Newport Beach on Tuesday isn't clear.
Authorities said the squid -- the biggest weighing 17 pounds -- might have been pursuing bait fish and gotten too close to shore, or the tides might simply have carried them in.
"I have heard of this happening before, but it's not a common occurrence," lifeguard Capt. Eric Bauer of the Newport Beach Fire Department said Wednesday.
Authorities plan to remove the squid in the next couple of days and will give at least a couple to the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History for research.
In the meantime, beachgoers were advised not to eat or even touch them. "They probably have bacteria on them at this point," Bauer said
|Sunday, October 17, 2004 - Page updated at 12:00 A.M.
Notebook: Humboldt squid make rare appearance here
By Mark Yuasa
Seattle Times staff reporter
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The mysterious Humboldt squid, unlike their tiny cousins who flood
into Elliott Bay every winter, have appeared in sport-fishing catches
this summer from Ilwaco to Vancouver Island.
By James A. Cosgrove(1) and Kelly A. Sendall(2)
Researchers Shed Light on Mysterious Jumbo Squid