“Jumbo squid hit Oregon beaches”
Dozens of deep-sea-living Humboldt squid washed up along the central coast on Tuesday morning between Florence and Newport, providing a puzzle for scientists and a spectacle for beachcombers.
The creatures take their name from the South American Humboldt Current, where they’re typically found. Their arrival in the Northwest in recent years has been a cause for some concern among salmon fishermen.
Humboldt squid, also known as jumbo squid or red devils, are voracious predators that can reach up to 6 feet in length and weigh as much as 100 pounds.
Nobody is quite sure why this is happening although it also happened about a year ago. Even more puzzling is that the Jumbo Squid isn’t usually found in these waters. There’s lots more at the link.
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