Friday Squid Blogging: Humboldt Squid in Canada

They’re washing ashore on Vancouver Island.

Scientists have begun attaching tracking devices to squid off the coast of Vancouver Island to find out why the marine animals have wandered so far from their traditional territory.

They also hope to find out why the squid have been beaching themselves and dying by the hundreds this summer near the town of Tofino on the island’s west coast.

Two great batches of Humboldt squid washed ashore, one in August then another in September. The Humboldt is a species of squid that, up to now, has been associated with waters warmer than those found off Vancouver Island.

Posted on October 30, 2009 at 4:15 PM5 Comments


Waldo Nell October 30, 2009 6:06 PM

Yeah I actually photographed one on Tofino in August. Tried to help it back in the water but it was way to exhausted and dehydrated. Sad…

Jim November 2, 2009 1:39 PM

Trying to figure this out. Schneier on security. Humboldt Squid. Squid is a marine animal. Two fish and blowfish are also marine animals. Blowfish also like warmer water. Two fish can be anywhere (including on the beach, and for that matter inside the squid.) Is this a covert channel to say that squidnt will use twofish encryption in future releases?

What about Rinjdael? Are these the squid that would rather use Rinjdael giving up hope. Sounds kind of Jim Jones to me.

Otherwise, perhaps Bruce is just showing his environmentally sound empathetic side of his curious, scientific gifting.

shayne November 2, 2009 8:15 PM

It could just be , jim, that squid are frigging awesome. Where all geeks here right? Nature is awesome. And humbolts are super awesome, at least in the “Dr Evils diabolical hench-pet” sense.

Clive Robinson November 6, 2009 8:10 AM

@ Bruce,

Off topic but,

Have you looked into the SSL/TLS protocol error issue that hit the news over the past couple of days.

Part of it can be seen at,

It does not look good as it is a protocol error, it kind of means all SSL/TSL using systems will have to be patched/replaced.

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