Giant Humboldt squid return to waters off San Diego
These giant, cannibalistic creatures look like something out of a horror or science-fiction flick and are reportedly a lot of fun to catch.
Also called jumbo squid, they were once found primarily off South America and have slowly expanded their territory and are now believed to have become permanent residents off the West Coast.
Humboldt squid can reach up to six feet and weigh as much as 100 pounds, and can eject themselves from the water and glide through the air to escape predators.
To take advantage of the squid's return, San Diego's Seaforth Sportfishing is now sending the New Seaforth out for nightly angling trips from 4 to 10 p.m.Reservations can be made via the Seaforth website or by calling (619) 224-3383.
One note: Raincoats are mandatory, as these feisty fighters will douse their predators (in this case the angler who hooks them) with gallons of cold sea water and/or ink, according to Philip Friedman of 976-Tuna.
Photo: Divers Pete Thomas, left, and Rocio Lozano witness a Humboldt squid catch in the Sea of Cortez near La Paz, Mexico. Credit: Jim Knowlton