Friday Squid Blogging: 13-foot Tentacle Found off Santa Cruz Coast
A fisherman snags a rare catch in the Santa Barbara Channel, a tentacle belonging to a giant squid.
The 13-foot-long tentacle was found floating near Santa Cruz Island last week. Little is known about the species, it is only the fourth confirmed specimen ever found in Southern California.
“They are definitely present off our coast, they are probably not very common here and they probably live in deep water, this one here was caught near the Santa Cruz Basin, which is several thousand feet deep,” said Eric Hochberg, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Curator.
The tentacle likely surfaced after the rest of the squid was eaten by a whale.