Friday Squid Blogging: Humboldt Squid Returns to Southern California

They’re back:

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.

Posted on June 1, 2007 at 5:33 PM9 Comments


billb June 1, 2007 6:10 PM

There appears to be an unclosed blockquote tag in this post. It’s screwing up the formatting of the rest of the site.

MikeA June 1, 2007 7:09 PM

“we’ve wiped out their predators”

What, all the sushi shops boarded-up?

sooth_sayer June 1, 2007 11:01 PM

I don’t believe it .. not a single picture .. at least nice calamari platter would have done !!!

Dom De Vitto June 2, 2007 4:35 PM

Ahh, a few more CPU cycles later, and I can answer/correct myself.

Less sharks mean more large fish, which means more food for the Humboldt.

docker June 2, 2007 8:27 PM

Bruce, your fascination with squid is unhealthy.

BTW, Jessica Alba is flat-chested.

Damer October 7, 2008 1:20 PM

Sharks have NOTHING to do with why they are here…..NOTHING!!!!!! I almost had a heart attack when I heard that nut job say that!!!!

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