Humboldt Squid

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The Humboldt squid (Dosidicus gigas), also known as jumbo squid, jumbo flying squid, pota or diablo rojo (Spanish for 'Red Devil'), is a large, predatory squid found in the waters of the Humboldt Current in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. They are most commonly found at depths of , from Tierra del Fuego to California. Recent findings suggest the range of this species is spreading north into the waters of Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska.Zeidberg, L. & B.H. Robinson 2007. . PNAS 104(31): 12948–12950. Though they usually prefer deep water, between 1,000 and 1,500 squid washed up on the Long Beach Peninsula in southwest Washington in the fall of 2004. They have also ventured into Puget Sound.

Behavior and general characteristics

Humboldt squid are carnivorous marine invertebrates that move in shoal of up to 1,200 individuals. They swim at speeds of up to 24 kilometres per hour () propelled by water ejected through a hyponome (siphon) and by two triangular fins. Their tentacles bear suckers lined with sharp teeth with which they grasp prey and drag it towards a large, sharp beak.

Although Humboldt squid have a reputation of being aggressive, there is some disagreement on this subject. Some scientists claim the only reports of aggression towards humans have occurred when reflective diving gear or flashing lights have been...
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