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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Giant squid sightings show species' unusual trek north




Written by Mark Hume
Vancouver — From Tuesday's Globe and Mail
Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009 03:06AM EDT

"The stranding of hundreds of giant squid on beaches near Tofino last week was the latest indication that warm-water species are pushing north on the Pacific Coast, perhaps as a result of global warming."

"The Humboldt squid, an estimated 300 to 500 of which swam ashore in the Long Beach area on the west coast of Vancouver Island, normally range from South America to California."

"But the large, aggressive squid, which are also called Giant squid, Jumbo Flying squid and Red Devils, have increasingly been reported from Oregon to Alaska."

To read the remainder of this news story please click on this link:
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/british-columbia/squid-sightings-show-species-unusual-trek/article1247296/

According to research done about Humboldt squid:

(1) These squid "are most commonly found at depths of 200–700 metres (660–2,300 ft), from Tierra del Fuego to California. Recent findings suggest the range of this species is spreading north into the waters of Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska."

(2)"Humboldt Squid are carnivorous marine invertebrates that move in shoals of up to 1200 individuals. They swim at speeds of up to 24 kilometres per hour (15 mph/13 kn) propelled by water ejected through a hyponome (siphon) and by two diamond shaped fins. Their tentacles bear suckers lined with sharp teeth with which they grasp prey and drag it towards a large, sharp beak."

(3)"Humboldt Squid are thought to have a lifespan of only about one year, although some researchers believe they may survive up to four years. They may grow to 2 metres (7 ft) and weigh 45 kilograms (100 lb). They can rapidly change their skin colour from deep purplish red to white using chromatophores (specialized skin cells) in what some researchers believe is a complex communication system.[citation needed] Experts have also stated that the invertebrates hunt for their prey of small fish and krill, in a cooperative fashion, which would be the first observation of such behaviour.[5] Humboldt Squid are known to hunt near the surface at night, taking advantage of the dark to use their keen vision to feed on more plentiful prey."

Source:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humboldt_Squid

To watch a 10 minute educational video about the Humboldt Squid please visit:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQKs1-fwTgU

Source of image:http://www.adventurersclub.org/images/Cassell~070125/Squid%201.jpg

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