Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Invasion of the Giant Squids

(Above: An amazing shot recently captured of a giant squid. Yes, monsters do exist in the water.)

Despite their intimidating heft and tendency to spew ink, the squids aren't scaring off local fishermen. As of today, around 400 of the giant squids have been nabbed by anglers. That number is likely to rise. An article from San Diego 6 explains that locals "started booking twilight fishing trips over the weekend to catch them."

Giant squids! Sorry to startle you, but we're just so excited. You see, they're giant squids! And they're invading California beaches by the hundreds! And in a heavily attended press conference this morning, they announced plans to star in their own reality show!

OK, so maybe that last one hasn't happened (yet), but the rest of it is the honest-to-god truth. An article from the AP explains that the squids weigh up to 60 pounds each, but most tip the scales somewhere between 20 and 40 pounds. And, yes, they squirt ink when irritated.

Link to full article below:


Matt's Rant: Monsters of the aquatic realm fascinate me. Stories like this add an extra element to fishing and my wonderous curiousity about nature. The giant squid is not on my "must catch" fish species but now would be as good a time as any target them.

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