View Full Version : Squids dying by the hundreds!

January 20th, 2005, 02:27 PM
Source: USA Today (http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2005-01-20-calif-squid_x.htm)

Jumbo squid wash onto California beaches
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (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.

Newport Beach lifeguards estimate over 500 squid washed up along Newport Beach, Calif., Wednesday.
By Robert Lachman, Los Angeles Times, AP

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.

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January 20th, 2005, 02:30 PM
Guess they weren't wearing gear.

January 20th, 2005, 03:30 PM
That's just a shame...nothing like a huge plate of stuffed squid and pasta ! Best meal on the planet. The stuff is expensive enough to buy as it is. If there is some kind of squid epidemic that creates a scarcity, I'll be SOL next time I need a squid fix !

January 20th, 2005, 04:54 PM
Yum calamari. What a waste. I wonder if it's due to the Tsunami??? :confused:

January 20th, 2005, 05:27 PM
Good theory. But I'm gonna go with: no.