H-SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Jan 7, 2013 7:36 AM by Associated Press

Jumbo Humboldt squid invade Southern CA waters

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Jumbo squid have invaded the Southern California waters and are being caught by sport fishermen by the hundreds.

U-T San Diego reports that fishermen went just four miles from Oceanside Sunday night to reel in 200 Humboldt squid.

The squid were first spotted on the surface a few days ago, and a boat captain told the newspaper they are scattered from the Mexican border to Dana Point in Orange County.

The squid are feeding on an abundance of krill that has come into the region's water from tidal flows, and they're typically at or near the surface when it's dark.

The Humboldt squid is also called the jumbo squid or jumbo flying squid and squirts ink to protect itself.

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