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Giant humboldt squid

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Recently, a giant humbolt squid of 125kg was caught at Bain Boeuf. See picture below:

Giant Humbolt Squid

 

What is a Humboldt Squid?

The Humboldt squid (Dosidicus gigas), also known as jumbo squid, jumbo flying squid, pota or diablo rojo, is a large, predatory squid living in the waters of theHumboldt Current in the eastern Pacific Ocean. Dosidicus gigas is the only speciesof the genus Dosidicus of the subfamily Ommastrephinae, family Ommastrephidae.

 

 

Humboldt squid are among the largest of squids, reaching a mantle length of 1.5 m (4.9 ft). They have a reputation for aggression towards humans, though this behavior may possibly only manifest during feeding times. Like other members of the subfamily Ommastrephinae, they possess bioluminescent photophores and are capable of quickly changing body coloration (metachrosis). They notably rapidly flash red and white while hunting, earning them the name diablo rojo (Spanish for ‘red devil’) among fishermen. These chromatophores (which belong to more than one set and are of different sizes) may rapidly cycle through colours other than red and white, flashing too quickly for the human eye to see the transitions. They can live for up to two years.

They are most commonly found at depths of 200 to 700 m (660 to 2,300 ft), fromTierra del Fuego to California. This species is spreading north into the waters ofOregon, Washington, British Columbia, and Alaska.[1][2] They are fished commercially, predominantly in Mexico and Peru.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humboldt_squid

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