Friday Squid Blogging: Humboldt Squid Returns to Southern California
For the third time in ten years, massive amounts of Humboldt squid have been flourishing in the waters of Southern California.
“There is more population of Humboldt squid than is naturally proper,” Cassell said.
In Newport Beach, fishermen climbed aboard the Freelance, eager for their chance to land a jumbo squid.
Captain Damon Davis knows exactly where the squid are running.
“What’s unique about the last couple times they’ve been around is they’ve been huge, they’ve been big, they’ve been 20 up to almost 40 pounds, where in years past they’ve been five to 10 pounds,” Davis said.
But Cassell says the declining number of sharks is probably what’s behind the squid invasion.
“Their population has increased a little bit because we’ve wiped out their predators,” Cassell said.