Mystery: Dozen miles of dead squid wash ashore in California — Researchers have no idea why (PHOTO & VIDEO)

Published: December 12th, 2012 at 12:47 pm ET
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Title: 12 miles of dead squid wash ashore
Source: KPIX/CNN
Author: Kiet Do; Brandie Piper
Date: Dec 11, 2012

12 miles of dead squid wash ashore

[...] The beaches of Santa Cruz County are littered with carcasses of thousands of Humboldt squid. They’ve stranded themselves from Aptos to Watsonville, a span of 12 miles.

Source: Chris Elmenhurst; Surf the Spot Photography

“You just see them essentially killing themselves and it’s just really weird to see,” said Hannah Rosen with Hopkins Marine Station. [...]

Researchers have no idea why this is happening, but they think it’s because the squid have eaten toxic algae.

“It’s possible that the squid are ingesting either these neurotoxins or they’re getting it through their food, and that could be causing them to be disoriented and swim onto the beach,” said Rosen. [...]

This is the third stranding in six weeks.

“It’s really an exploratory time for us, so we’re learning more about what causes these strandings, and whether or not we should be worried about them or if it’s just a natural part of the squid cycle,” said Rosen.

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