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Locals Find Hundreds Of Dead Stingrays On Mexican Beach
2013-07-18 14:43:13

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Hundreds of stingrays have been found dead on the Chachalacas beach in the town of Ursulo Galvan in Mexico. Over 250 dead stingrays litter the beach of the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz. According to an Associated Press report, food vendor Adriana Loredo says she witnessed fishermen dumping the rays from their nets at the beach. Ursulo Galvan Mayor Martin Verdejo said fishermen dumped the carcasses after they were unable to get...

Large Humboldt Squid Invading Coastal California In Record Numbers
2013-01-07 14:52:44

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Humboldt squid have overrun the waters off the coast of Southern California, and the area´s fishermen have taken to the sea en masse–catching boatloads of the ultra-fresh calamari. One report noted a fishing boat that had caught more than 200 squid in an hour, leading the captain to return his ship to port early. “I have enough for a whole year,” John Plaziak, one of the fishermen, told the San Diego...

Mass Strandings Of Humboldt Squid In California
2012-12-11 11:27:54

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Several hundred Humboldt squid washed ashore Sunday afternoon along the Santa Cruz County shoreline and marine biologists are working to uncover the cause. Some observers speculated that the high tide may have something do to with the sea creatures essentially committing mass suicide. Conservation of the Humboldt squid off the coast of California is not a major concern because the squid can reproduce in mass numbers. Hannah Rosen, a...

2009-07-23 10:01:16

News reports last week about scuba divers off San Diego being menaced by large numbers of Humboldt's or jumbo squid have raised the ire of University of Rhode Island biologist Brad Seibel. As a leading expert on the species who has dived with them several times, he calls the reports "alarmist" and says the squid's man-eating reputation is seriously overblown.For years Seibel has heard stories claiming that Humboldt squid will devour a dog in minutes and could kill or maim unsuspecting...

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2008-12-16 15:21:00

Researchers say the elevated carbon dioxide levels expected to be found in the world's oceans by 2100 will likely lead to physiological impairments of jumbo (or Humboldt) squid. The squids' lifestyle could be strongly influenced by changes in ocean acidity, the researchers Wrote in the journal PNAS. Oceans are becoming more acidic as a result of absorbing the carbon dioxide released by human activities, according to climate models. Rises in acidity have already been shown to affect shellfish...

2008-10-21 00:00:17

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,"...

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2007-07-25 00:05:00

MONTEREY, Calif. - Jumbo squid that can grow up to 7 feet long and weigh more than 110 pounds is invading central California waters and preying on local anchovy, hake and other commercial fish populations, according to a study published Tuesday. An aggressive predator, the Humboldt squid - or Dosidicus gigas - can change its eating habits to consume the food supply favored by tuna and sharks, its closest competitors, according to an article published in the Proceedings of the National...