Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Calvin's Things to Avoid: The Humboldt Squid

Who would have guessed that the true terror of the ocean is not the Great White Shark or the Portuguese Man of War...but a vicious, hyperintelligent, pack hunting squid?

I could not say it better than it has already been written - take a read and take a gander at the video. Then I think you should think twice before swimming in the Humboldt Current in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

"The Humboldt squid is a large, predatory squid found in the waters of the Humboldt Current in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. These squid hunt in packs of up to 1,200 and use their ability to rapidly change color to communicate with each other. Scientists believe that they are highly intelligent and use complex communication. Each tentacle is covered with suckers filled with razor sharp teeth which they use to drag their prey to their beaks. They often approach prey quickly with all ten appendages extended forward in a cone-like shape. Upon reaching striking distance, they will open their eight swimming and grasping arms, and extend two long tentacles covered in sharp ‘teeth,’ grabbing their prey and pulling it back towards a parrot-like beak, which can easily cause dramatic lacerations to human flesh. The whole process takes place in seconds. To make matters worse, these creatures love hunting humans – they do it very frequently and most fisherman in the area know of at least one or two friends who have been eaten by a pack of these monsters."

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Thanks to Calvin at Calvin's Canadian Cave of Cool for inspiring this post. It must go with the name, but this Canadian Calvin writes an awesome blog. If you have a penchant for the whacky, and a fear and general loathing of cephalopods, this is a website worth perusing. Often.

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1 comment:

  1. You are right. Its a special responsibility of the name that you join the struggle against the cephalopod menace. Like having the last name WHO and the first name DOCTOR makes you a time lord. Welcome to the fight brother and thanks for the shout out.