Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Voracious Jumbo Squid Invade California

Jumbo squid that can grow up to 7 feet long and weigh more than 110 pounds are invading central California waters and preying on local anchovy, hake and other commercial fish populations. An aggressive predator, the Humboldt squid—or Dosidicus gigas—can change its eating habits to consume the food supply favored by tuna and sharks. Before the 1970s, the giant squid were typically found in the Eastern Pacific, and in coastal waters spanning from Peru to Costa Rica. But as the populations of its natural predators—like large tuna, sharks and swordfish—declined because of fishing, the squids moved northward and started eating different species that thrive in colder waters.

1 comment:

The Mound of Sound said...

Hi Julie: Thought you might like to know the Humboldt have now arrived, en masse, at Vancouver Island. Meanwhile some of our salmon stocks have mysteriously vanished.