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Mystery: Hundreds of Giant Red Squid Wash Up on Rio del Mar Beach Sunday

Humboldt squid, carnivorous and between 2 and 4 feet long, were rare here until El Nino in 1997, but have been residents of the Monterey Bay since then.

Hundreds of dead Humboldt squid mysteriously washed up on beaches along Rio del Mar Sunday.

They have been rarely sighted onshore here, but the normally southern dwelling invertebrates, which move in shoals of 1,200, have moved northward since 1997.

Here's a National Geographic story about a similar occurrence in San Diego in 2009.

Scientist William Gilly told the Santa Cruz Sentinel that such beachings are a natural occurence when young species migrate. Before 1997 the carnivorous squid, nicknamed "red devil" squid, were mostly found south of the Equater.

Thanks Scott Jarrett for notifying Patch.

Juliana Cheng December 12, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Gee, the water temperature here in the Monterey bay goes down to the 50's and below...how can these TROPICAL giant squid survive? I have a feeling that these are the result of March 11, 2011 giant tsunami from Japan... the water over there seemed to be much warmer....What do you think?
Juliana Cheng December 12, 2012 at 09:51 PM
Which beach?
John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt December 12, 2012 at 10:23 PM
Well, the oceans are getting warmer and more acidic. Expect more strange behavior from sea creatures as they try to adapt to this new reality.
Kb toys December 14, 2012 at 08:33 AM
Haarp is to blame
Kb toys December 14, 2012 at 08:37 AM
Haarp and weather manipulation...,,things are out of whack. Mix in ' king tides' and it makes sense.

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