Posted by: cassandrabrooks | January 6, 2010

In Search of the Humboldt Squid

In late fall of 2009, I joined scientists off Monterey Bay on a fishing adventure in search of the  Humboldt squid, Disodicus gigas. These voracious deep-water predators, which can grow to up to ten feet long, are new arrivals to the central California coast.  Scientists from Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station are studying the squid, trying to understand why they’ve moved into the northeast Pacific coast and what affect they might have on the local ecosystem.

View my audio slideshow “Fishing for the Humboldt Squid” which includes fantastic pictures of the squid and squid scientists, including some underwater images by MBARI (Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute).

Or click here to listen to the audio podcast.

The Natural Laboratory is also on iTunes.  Just search “The Natural Laboratory” and subscribe or listen for free!

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