voiceofsandiego.org Executive Editor Andrew Donohue was walking on the scenic shores of Ocean Beach recently when he stumbled across these:
He gave this reporter an unusual assignment. Identify the dead beasts and figure out why they landed ashore.
I’m no squid expert. So I turned to the folks at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California, San Diego.
Mario Aguilera, a Scripps spokesman, spoke to Greg Rouse, a Scripps professor who has published research on such things as “bone-eating marine worms with dwarf males.”
Aguilera reported back that Andrew’s dead squid looks like a Humboldt squid, which only live for a year or so.
“It could have been a natural death,” Aguilera wrote in an e-mail, cautioning that a definitive verdict couldn’t be rendered without physically inspecting the squid.