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Man-eating squid devouring fish stocks

Posted on Tuesday, 31 August, 2010 | Comment icon 12 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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Large numbers of enormous Humboldt squid have been devouring livestock and even attacking humans.

Two fishermen from Mexico were recently dragged from the water with injuries so severe they couldn't be recognised, the squid travel in packs of over 1000 and can co-ordinate their efforts using pigment cells to communicate.

"Millions of killer giant squid are not only devouring vast amounts of fish they have even started attacking humans."

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Comment icon #3 Posted by HerNibs on 30 August, 2010, 19:23
From the article - Since 2002, Humboldt giant squid, named after the 18th century German explorer, have been spreading their tentacles to deplete fishing stocks by moving from their traditional tropical hunting grounds off Mexico and laying claim to a vast sweep of the Pacific. Nibs
Comment icon #4 Posted by queen.overthink on 30 August, 2010, 19:27
Yeah, I watched a documentary on this a few years ago
Comment icon #5 Posted by J4yD0r on 30 August, 2010, 19:28
After reading article: they`re Humboldts. Not giant at all! How disappointing If you think swimming with sharks is dangerous...well, think of it this way. Imagine if all those black-tip reef sharks you`re in the water with were more agressive, twice as smart, and all had 10 incredibly strong, highly mobile arms to get you with. Yeah
Comment icon #6 Posted by Jack_of_Blades on 30 August, 2010, 21:28
If you think swimming with sharks is dangerous...well, think of it this way. Imagine if all those black-tip reef sharks you`re in the water with were more agressive, twice as smart, and all had 10 incredibly strong, highly mobile arms to get you with. Yeah Indeed Humboldts are extremely aggressive. Particularly when they are being jigged (as I'm sure was the fishing method these fisherman used). One squid gets caught and starts flashing its colors and this creates a chain reaction of cannibalism, fear, and agression among all the other squid in the water.
Comment icon #7 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 31 August, 2010, 12:23
After reading article: they`re Humboldts. Not giant at all! How disappointing If you think swimming with sharks is dangerous...well, think of it this way. Imagine if all those black-tip reef sharks you`re in the water with were more agressive, twice as smart, and all had 10 incredibly strong, highly mobile arms to get you with. Yeah Well, they might not be giants, but I wouldn't say it's disappointing. If anything, Humboldts are like sea ninjas. Efficient and deadly.
Comment icon #8 Posted by mutationman on 31 August, 2010, 18:51
I guess we just gotta eat more squid instead of fish then, problem solved
Comment icon #9 Posted by Bamboo Samurai on 1 September, 2010, 4:49
I'm not that fond of deep water to begin with and this just freaks me out, imagine if a giant squid got ahold of you.....that's not gonna be a good day
Comment icon #10 Posted by AliveInDeath on 1 September, 2010, 4:50
I guess we just gotta eat more squid instead of fish then, problem solved They are pretty tasty I have a fear of being attacked by squids though. They're so creepy.
Comment icon #11 Posted by cluey on 1 September, 2010, 6:47
These fisher men must surely be aware of the aggressive behaviour these squid are obviously known for!!!!.....so why go poking and prodding them???.....anyone gets peeved when poked and prodded...........for them to migrate only tells me the fish supplies are low or just plain c r a p !!!............there aint nothing tastier than deep fried peppered wobbly legs.......yummmooo!!!!!!
Comment icon #12 Posted by SameerPrehistorica on 3 September, 2010, 8:07
There will be a Giant Squid somewhere in the deep which could measure 40 feet or so..........


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