Squid Invasion

Great snappin’ cephalopods!  The California coast is being terrorized by swarms of giant carnivorous squid:

Calamari on the hoof!

Calamari on the hoof!

Jumbo flying squid have invaded the shallow waters off San Diego, California, spooking scuba divers and beachgoers after washing up dead on the beaches.

The carnivorous cephalopods, which weigh up to 45kg (100lb), came up from the depths last week, with swarms of them roughing up unsuspecting divers. Some reported tentacles enveloping their masks and yanking at their cameras and gear.  […]

The so-called Humboldt squid, named after the current in the eastern Pacific, have been known to attack humans and are nicknamed “red devils” for their rust-red colouring and mean streak. Divers wanting to observe the creatures often bait the water, use a metal viewing cage or wear chainmail to avoid being lashed by the creature’s tentacles.

Sounds like it might be boot camp for  PZ Myers’ elite army of attack squid.

11 Responses to “Squid Invasion”


  1. 1 J. A. Baker Saturday, July 18, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    The carnivorous cephalopods, which weigh up to 45kg (100lb), came up from the depths last week, with swarms of them roughing up unsuspecting divers. Some reported tentacles enveloping their masks and yanking at their cameras and gear.

    Let’s just hope they don’t make the leap to the Naughty Tentacles stage anytime soon.

    Damn, doin’ it with a squid.

    Indeed.

  2. 2 J. A. Baker Saturday, July 18, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    Dammit, I messed up the blockquote tag.

    JJ! Cleanup on aisle 4!

  3. 3 Frank Frink Saturday, July 18, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Cthulhu rises.

    Ph’nglui mglw’nafh C’thulhu R’lyeh wgah’nagl fhtagn!

  4. 4 Phatbiker Saturday, July 18, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    If they make it as far south as Mexico, their toast. They will be served up as “Sopa del Mar” in the botana bars.

  5. 5 JJ Saturday, July 18, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    JAB – Ew! 😆 But it’s amazing how some human beings with only 2 arms can sometimes seem like they’ve got about eight of them 😯

  6. 6 JJ Saturday, July 18, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    FF – Cthulhu fhtagn!

    I need a Cthulhu emoticon, maybe something like this

  7. 7 JJ Saturday, July 18, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    Phatbiker – Ahhh, sopa del mar, seafood soup, one of my fave foods in Mexico, second only to langosta termidoro. (But I’ll look at it a little differently now, in view of Cthulhu.)

  8. 8 J. A. Baker Sunday, July 19, 2009 at 7:35 am

    But it’s amazing how some human beings with only 2 arms can sometimes seem like they’ve got about eight of them 😯

    JJ, do you speak from personal experience? 😆

    This one time, at band camp…

  9. 9 JJ Sunday, July 19, 2009 at 8:19 am

    JAB – Hmmmm I think Sister JJ will take the Vow Of Silence at this point 😉

  10. 10 Cornelius T.Zen Sunday, July 19, 2009 at 8:26 am

    Good morrow, all!
    What other kind of squid is there? Maybe some of them prefer tofu, or portobello mushrooms, coated with olive oil, sprinkled with oregano and lightly flamed on the grill?
    OTOH, something must have driven them up from their normal deep-sea environment. We could be talking about ELF (extremely low frequency) sound wave experiments by the military, which do affect some species of ocean life. And that can be serious.
    OTOH, I know this incredible Greek restuarant…CTZen

  11. 11 JJ Sunday, July 19, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    CTZen – That’s an interesting point. All these weird things that happen to marine life, are usually caused by an invasion of some kind. I don’t know much about squids, but the urge to explore new territory and aggressively attack whatever they find there doesn’t seem to be something that they come by naturally.

    Maybe someone better informed will weigh in — Zorph and Balb are both divers and probably have up close and personal experience with these things.


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