October 21, 2008

Southern Squid Wash Up on Oregon Beaches

Experts said the hundreds of Humboldt squid that have washed up on Oregon beaches during the past few days died because they ventured too far north for food.

Keith Chandler, general manager of the Seaside Aquarium, said the 3 1/2-foot-long squid are native to the waters of Southern California and Mexico but traveled north with the Humboldt current to seek out herring and other food sources, The (Portland) Oregonian reported Monday.

"Cold upwellings of the Pacific can occur very quickly," Chandler said. "When the temperature drops like that, they just get trapped."

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Department temporarily lifted its five-squid daily limit for fishermen due to the large number of the mollusks in the area.