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Giant Squid Return to Southern California – A Fisherman's Bounty

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[Best Syndication News] The giant squid have returned to the Southern California shores, with many of the squid being caught by fishermen weighing in at 20-30 pounds. The giant squid can reach up to 7feet long and weigh up to 100 pounds.

The giant squid species is called Humboldt, Jumbo Squid, Jumbo Flying Squid, or Diablo Rojo (which means Red Devil). They tend to live in warmer waters, however since El Niño weather patterns have come to be, there has been some migration patterns seen with this species. Typically they like to live in deep ocean water but they have been making their way inland more. Once in the Fall of 2004, there was between 1,000 to 1,500 squid washed up on the Long Beach Peninsula in southwest Washington. They have been seen as far as north as Alaska.

According to a study published in the “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences” ocean acidification is the reason that the giant squid have been moving closer to shore than in years past. By moving closer to shore they are able to get more oxygen.

They best time to fish for a giant squid is at night time. This species can be dangerous to fish, because they can be aggressive when they are eating. They have been known to attack fisherman and divers. That is why Mexican fisherman have nicknamed the giant squid the Red Devil. They have a red color to them that shows when they are attacking a fisherman.

By: N Wilson

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