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ensho Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 11:23 AM
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invasion of giant squid - for real - eating up Calif's sea food

http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index.php?smp=&lang=eng


USA, State of California, Coastal areas,


It may seem like something out of a horror movie, but giant squid have invaded key fishing areas in the Pacific, gobbling up everything they can find. Off the California coast, its been getting harder to catch big fish like salmon but a whole lot easier to hook a deep sea monster, the Humboldt Squid. The population of the Humboldt Squid, which has huge 6-feet-long tentacles and weighs up to 100 pounds, has soared along the California coast line. The giant Squid's usual territory from Chile to Mexico has expanded dramatically over the last seven years. Once rarely seen off California, they are now strong arming their way toward dominance. William Gilly of Stanford University said one thing is for sure, the squid are not picky eaters and right now millions of them are consuming whatever they can find off the California coast. For fisherman, that means the tug on the end of the line may have tentacles instead of fins. Some marine experts said the one defense against this giant squid invasion may be to eat them as quickly as they are eating everything else.
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fascisthunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 11:24 AM
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1. Yup... The humboldt Squid.... due to warming waters
Edited on Sat Mar-07-09 11:25 AM by fascisthunter
and lack of natural predators to keep their number at bay.
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itsrobert Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 11:29 AM
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3. Humans aren't natural predators?
I beg to differ. We just have to change are eating habits a little.
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fascisthunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 11:34 AM
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7. technically you have a point
I'm referring to other oceanic species that would have kept their numbers down. Humans can eat them all they want, but the problem here will not be corrected by just feeding on them. Global warming is a major catalyst for imbalance in all eco-systems.
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Dollface Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 11:28 AM
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2. If giant squid are as delicious as their smaller cousins let's cook 'em up!
Excuse me, harvest them.
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safeinOhio Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 11:34 AM
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5. Yum, calimari
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Synicus Maximus Donating Member (828 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 12:13 PM
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17. Yes but calimari that can eat you.
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tanngrisnir3 Donating Member (665 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 11:50 AM
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13. Indeed, they are! I say will kill the fuckers and grill 'em.
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Xipe Totec Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 11:32 AM
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4. Damned undocumented squids! n/t
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Dollface Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 11:56 AM
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15. And why hasn't Lou Dobbs exposed them? What is he hiding?
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Liberal Veteran Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 11:34 AM
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6. Personally, I blame Ozymandias
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Dollface Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 11:48 AM
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11. Those look like cats to me
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FarCenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 11:37 AM
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8. How to clean, tenderize and cook Humbolt Squid
First, clean the squid, by cutting a single slit from head to tail. Remove all guts and the long spine bone.

Cut the head off the squid and save the tentacles for bait.

When finished cleaning, you should have a single, large sheet of inch thick calamari steak. Take this large sheet of meat and lay it on the nearest roadway.

Get in your truck and repeatedly drive back and forth over the squid. Repeat as necessary.

Pick squid up off roadway and throw into the trash.

Remove tire from truck and eat it. It will be softer than the squid, but will taste just like it.

Add salt and pepper to taste. Serves 8.
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Dollface Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 11:53 AM
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14. Are you saying they are different from little squid or that you just don't like squid. If the former
perhaps a marinade would be in order. (I really should go get lunch now.)
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CountAllVotes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 11:38 AM
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9. link takes you to another story
not related to the giant squid. ????

:dem:

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ensho Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 11:47 AM
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10. the link should take you RSOE (interactive map at top of page)


look around you will find the article under US biological event
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Kalyke Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 11:49 AM
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12. Spongebob needs to put Squidward on a diet.
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MorningGlow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 12:06 PM
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16. Sounds like an opportunity for Ah-nuld
He can strap on some ammo and grab some giant guns! Ah-nuld vs. The Giant Squid. All proceeds from the movie can go into the state coffers. Might help. :shrug:
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Synicus Maximus Donating Member (828 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 12:16 PM
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18. Actually Humboldt Squid are not Giant Squid
They are two different animals.
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Ghost Dog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 12:54 PM
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19. Good to know, thanks. If these are not very edible,
or appetizing, as described above, they could still be 'harvested' and processed a little (like, ground or chopped), and used on farmland as a nutrient-rich organic fertilizer?
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RaleighNCDUer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 01:04 PM
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20. Humbolts are giant squid - not Giant Squid.
When they talk about 10 meter critters instead of 6 foot critters, THEN it's Architeuthis.
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11 Bravo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 01:11 PM
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21. Are not squid a diet staple of many toothed whales?
This is a natural by-product of the whaling policies of nations such as Japan and Norway.
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lovuian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 02:17 PM
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22. our seas are changing
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mt_V7fUckL0

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/08/060818-...

The group says reduced rainfall and other climate changes in the region have raised the temperature and salinity of coastal waters.

These warmer, saltier waters allow open-sea jellyfish species to reach the shore, where cooler waters had once acted as a barrier to the marine creatures, researchers explain.

Jellyfish photo



Scientists in Italy also attribute the jellyfish menace to higher sea temperatures, which they say have allowed the animals to migrate north from Africa.

Several other recent studies conducted throughout Europe have similarly concluded that increases in jellyfish populations are being fueled by global warming.
more...
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-07-09 02:26 PM
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23. Tako Poke
a popular delicacy out here slightly west of California, consists of squid tentacles in a spicy marinade, consumed raw.

I can just see the commercial for Jack In The Box' "Tako Tacos"... :-)
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