Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Today in squid news

Voracious Jumbo Squid Invade California
MONTEREY, Calif. -- 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, according to a study published Tuesday.
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The jumbo squid used to be found only in the Pacific Ocean's warmest stretches near the equator. In the last 16 years, it has expanded its territory throughout California waters, and squid have even been found in the icy waters off Alaska, Zeidberg said.
The article mentions that the squids would likely avoid coming near humans. If that weren't the case, this would be the stuff of an eco-conscious SciFi Channel original movie.

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