Is there anyone that can help me? I am looking for someone who would be willing to sell a piece of the giant squid. I can be contacted at [email protected]. Thanks!
By the way, why do we have a poll with this question about whether a Colossal Squid is the same as a Giant Squid?
Either it is or it isn't. I would think our opinions mean nothing on the subject. And I don't think anyone on this board is exactly in any position to actually know the answer.
Public opinion polls are useful for some things, but in scientific questions, I don't think they are really appropriate. I mean, Copernicus figured out that the Earth went around the sun-he didn't go around the countryside with a clipboard getting people's opinion on it. :wink:
LOS ANGELES TIMES
January 23, 2005
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - More than 1,500 jumbo squid, which are common to South America, have washed onto Orange County beaches over the past few days, leaving marine experts perplexed as to why so many of the mollusks are so far north.
Dotting Crystal Cove State Park beach up to Newport Beach, the squid with their long, gooey-looking tentacles have caught beachgoers off-guard.
Unlike their smaller cousin, the beached and mostly juvenile pink and black creatures are about 3 feet long and 5 to 15 pounds. The Dosidicus gigas, or Humboldt squid, are not recommended eating. Adults can grow to 6 feet long and weigh as much as 100 pounds.
The creatures are typically found off Peru and elsewhere in South America, but in recent years they have been turning up in larger numbers in the Gulf of California, Oregon and Alaska.
"It may be they're following a warm California current," said John McGowan, professor emeritus at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego.
California beach inundated with big, dead squid
20 Jan 2005 22:25:12 GMT
LOS ANGELES, Jan 20 (Reuters) - Hundreds of jumbo squid washed up dead over the last two days in one of southern California's most popular beach communities, authorities said on Thursday.
The Newport Beach Fire Department said some 500 squid, measuring roughly five feet (1.5 metre) and weighing about 10 to 15 pounds (4.5 kg to 7 kg) each, added to the tonnes of debris already littering local beaches after recent heavy rains.
"I think that they were probably chasing some bait or some prey at high tide and just swam too close to the beach," said Eric Bauer, a lifeguard captain with the fire department in the coastal city 45 miles (72.5 km) southeast of Los Angeles.
Southern California was battered by heavy storms in late December and early January, dumping more rain in the space of a few days than the area usually gets in a year. City officials said the water locally was dirtier than usual at the moment, in part because of the storms.
Bauer said regular squid sightings were not uncommon but added the jumbos looked "extra-terrestrial."
Newport Beach's squid problem is the latest in a string of cases of the sea creatures washing up dead on Pacific beaches. More than 1,000 were found in southwest Washington state last October and they inundated the San Diego area in mid-2002.
Thousands of Jumbo Squid lie dead north of San Diego, July 2002.