Wednesday, August 23, 2006

"Squid Population Explosion"

Apparently some of the Humboldt or "Red Devil" squid, which can weigh 40-50 kg (88-110 lb) from Peru have headed up to Alaska - for the "first time" (that people know about). And some are traveling down to Southern Chile.

"Red Devil" Squid, Jellyfish Point to Ocean Upsets"

Warmer oceans are likely to add to older marine threats such as pollution and over-fishing and upset the habitats of everything from crabs and Mediterranean jellyfish to "Red Devil" squid and whales.

As species shift, tropical regions, or almost enclosed seas such as the Mediterranean where fish cannot swim far if the water gets uncomfortably warm, may be among the most vulnerable.

"Areas close to the equator will most likely be the losers while the northern or southern areas might be the winners," said Harald Loeng, head of research in oceanography and climate at the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research.

"It's most likely that some of the species in the North Sea like cod will move north ... and be replaced by anchovies and sardines," he said.


P.S. I don't think that this site (Laughing Squid) has anything to do with Squid - but it does look like a nice collection of artist sites. I added it to my list.

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