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Giant Squid return to California waters


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#1    Owlscrying

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Posted 28 May 2007 - 04:56 AM

May 26

They live hundreds of feet below the sea. A formidable predator that can rip its prey to pieces.

The giant Humboldt squid have returned to the waters of Southern California, and they're bigger and more plentiful than ever.

"I have nearly a thousand dives with these animals and I have been either tested or full out attacked about 80 percent of the time," Scott Cassell said.

Cassell has been studying the Humboldt squid for the past 13 years.

These animals are some of the most mysterious and unknown species in the world.

Cassell has even made a movie about his diving adventures, underwater excursions that require an armor plated suit.

For the third time in ten years, massive amounts of Humboldt squid have been flourishing in the waters of Southern California.

"There is more population of Humboldt squid than is naturally proper," Cassell said.

What's unique about the last couple times they've been around is they've been huge, they've been big, they've been 20 up to almost 40 pounds, where in years past they've been five to 10 pounds.  

The declining number of sharks is probably what's behind the squid invasion.

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