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Squid Invasion!! Fellow a2kers in CALIFORNIA! RUN FOR YOUR LIFES!

 
 
Reply Sat 13 Feb, 2010 09:10 am
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Friday, February 12th, 2010

Squid Invasion Off California Coast

In the winter of 2005, Humboldt squid were seen in high abundance in Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary off the northern coast of California. (Credits: Credit: Scot Anderson, NOAA)

In recent years, Humboldt squid have been spotted in increasing numbers off the coast of California. The squid are very adaptable, quite intelligent, and can reach 7 feet long and weigh 100 pounds. Theories for the increase in squid numbers along the coast include reductions in predator populations, as well as the possibility that the squid are following low-oxygen zones in subsurface currents. We'll talk about the invasion of the jumbo squid, and possible causes for the phenomenon.

Guest

William Gilly
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology and of Marine and Organismal Biology
Hopkins Marine Station
Stanford University
Pacific Grove, California


http://www.sciencefriday.com/program/archives/201002123
 
C99
 
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Reply Sat 13 Feb, 2010 09:30 am
@tsarstepan,
Squid invasion?
Shocked
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farmerman
 
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Reply Sat 13 Feb, 2010 10:32 am
@tsarstepan,
Get the fryin pan, poppas makin calamari au poivre.
jespah
 
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Reply Sat 13 Feb, 2010 10:33 am
@farmerman,
For everyone on A2K (over 99k and countin')....
farmerman
 
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Reply Sat 13 Feb, 2010 10:45 am
@jespah,
whaaaa?
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sat 13 Feb, 2010 10:48 am
@farmerman,
I'll be happy to oblige! Will be happy to see you cook up a storm!
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sat 13 Feb, 2010 10:52 am
The timely and appropriate remake of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers...
http://scienceblogs.com/guiltyplanet/squid.jpg
Seven Squid for Seven Brothers!
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Sat 13 Feb, 2010 11:22 am
Last year we had them down here in San Diego

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SAN DIEGO - Jumbo flying squid -- aggressive 5-foot-long sea monsters with razor-sharp beaks and toothy tentacles -- have invaded the shallow waters off San Diego, spooking scuba divers and washing up dead on tourist-packed beaches.

The carnivorous calamari, which can grow up to 100 pounds, came up from the depths last week and swarms of them roughed up unsuspecting divers. Some divers report tentacles enveloping their masks and yanking at their cameras and gear.

Stories of too-close encounters with the alien-like cephalopods have chased many veteran divers out of the water and created a whirlwind of excitement among the rest, who are torn between their personal safety and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to swim with the deep-sea giants.


www.huffingtonpost.com
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 13 Feb, 2010 11:59 am
@CalamityJane,
Aha - I rushed to see where in Humboldt County area, but I read too fast. They're named Humboldt Squid, but Cordell National Marine Sanctuary is offshore of Point Reyes lighthouse.
http://cordellbank.noaa.gov/sanctuary/welcome.html
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Letty
 
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Reply Sat 13 Feb, 2010 12:33 pm
@tsarstepan,
Here's a whale of a tale.

http://www.unmuseum.org/whalesq.jpg

Them giant squids is real
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 13 Feb, 2010 01:13 pm
An article on the squid from today's LA Times Here.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sat 13 Feb, 2010 04:16 pm
@Letty,
http://members.shaw.ca/csstrowbridge/Tulzscha/Cthulhu.jpg
Cthulhu is coming to wipe out Hollywood for creating Avatar!
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msolga
 
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Reply Sat 13 Feb, 2010 04:19 pm
@CalamityJane,
Goodness, jumbo squid! Surprised

I'm wondering if they're as suitable for culinary purposes as the "normal-sized" ones?
roger
 
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Reply Sat 13 Feb, 2010 04:21 pm
@Letty,
In the sperm whale language, the word for squid is Lunch.
Ionus
 
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Reply Sat 13 Feb, 2010 07:46 pm
@tsarstepan,
I thought squid was the past tense of squish....what on earth is this thread about ??? Confused
ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 13 Feb, 2010 07:49 pm
@Ionus,
no, no, that's squose.. or is that squashed?
Ionus
 
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Reply Sat 13 Feb, 2010 08:00 pm
@ossobuco,
Ooops ! I realise now they are talking about the Decapus (not to be confused with the Octopus).

The largest ever seen was by a night duty officer in WWII on board a Liberty Ship. After looking over the side and noticing a huge eye looking back at him, he walked along the ship and estimated it to be the length of the ship 135 m (or 441 ft 6 in, in American metric). Such size has also been confirmed from the days of the whaling stations when it was common to find sperm whales with sucker marks on them made by a comparably large Decapus.

It seems they object to whales eating their young. Those who dine on them, you have lost the moral high ground if you ever go swimming.
CalamityJane
 
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Reply Sat 13 Feb, 2010 08:36 pm
@msolga,
I am sure they are, MsOlga. I should look into our fish places if they have
an abundance of squid on sale - I like to eat them!
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sat 13 Feb, 2010 08:38 pm
@CalamityJane,
Then California is depending on you CJ to be the hero of the day!
CalamityJane
 
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Reply Sat 13 Feb, 2010 08:39 pm
@tsarstepan,
Why - just because I like to eat them? You'll find fried calamari everywhere
here, and they're so good.
 

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