The hundreds of "monsters
,"reportedly up to five feet long with "razor sharp beaks and toothy tentacles" have been reported not just seen in the shallow coastal waters near San Diego, but have been said
to be "enveloping" the masks of divers, as well as "yanking at their cameras and gear." There is some disagreement over which species of squid is present in the bay, although most news reports are saying it is the Humbolt (also known as jumbo flying squid
or the red devil
). One unofficial source
said that the species in the bay might actually be Robust Clubhook Squid Moroteuthis robusta
. The squid came into the San Diego bay area this past week.
Authorities say that the waters are still safe for swimming and surfing, as the squid are found in the deeper waters of the bay. Most
divers and swimmers, however, are saying that they would not risk going into the water, although some divers have been tempted by the 'experience of a lifetime,' and have plunged into the waters to swim with the squid.
The squid species is commonly called the red devil
because of its colouring and aggressiveness. Normally found
in waters off Mexico and up the California coast, they usually live at deeper depths than the San Diego bay area. There is speculation that an earthquake
drove the squid out of their normal habitat, although the Smithsonian
says that increasingly the species is found further and further north.
squid are caught by Mexican shrimpers in the off seasons. The Humboldt squid also eats shrimp, among other creatures, surfacing to eat at night. The species usually stays together in large groups, live for one year, and can weigh up to 100 pounds.
Hosting a population
of over 1 million people, San Diego is located in Southern California and is known
for its zoo, surfing opportunities, fishing and recreational opportunities, such as theme parks and whale watching.