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VIDEO: The Giant Squid Keep Coming

UPDATED: Now more than 800 were caught, according to one local captain.

Originally published Jan. 5, 2013.

UPDATE: 10:45 a.m., Jan. 6: The total count of Humboldts caught is now more than 800, says Dana Wharf Sportfishing.

UPDATE: Jan. 6, 9 a.m.: Odd looking squid keep on appearing. In fact, more than 350 'Humboldts' were caught in less than 45 minutes off the coast of Dana Point on Saturday night, adding to the count since Wednesday.

The giant squid invasion continues, and the creatures are getting larger. 

Giant squid or Humboldt squid which aren't that common in Dana Point, and make an appearance every so often, have reappeared, according to Donna Kalez, general manager of Dana Wharf Sportfishing.

While they haven't been as large as those from a few years ago, Abby Woolley, 9, daughter of Capt., Brian Woolley caught one Wednesday night. It was in the 3 to 5-pound range, Kalez said.

However, Capt. Woolley took the boat out again on Thursday night, and said with only 10 passengers aboard, they caught about 100 squids that were quite large, Kalez said. See video above.

Dana Wharf Sportfishing has been known to catch them up to 20-25 pounds, Kalez said.

Eric Bergstrom January 06, 2013 at 01:57 AM
Gotta get a better video!
Marianne Viscuso January 06, 2013 at 05:06 PM
I know this is going to sound stupid of me, but do they put them back, or do they go and cook and eat them?
Rick Reed January 06, 2013 at 07:24 PM
Catch and release this species
Penny Arévalo (Editor) January 06, 2013 at 09:29 PM
As you wish! New video and update added. They're up to 800 caught.
Eric Bergstrom January 06, 2013 at 11:09 PM
The management of Dana Wharf Sportsfishing told me that because of the Ink, they have to filet them on board. But, yes, Marianne, then they bring back the filleted pieces and take it home for Calimari!!
Eric Bergstrom January 06, 2013 at 11:11 PM
Much better. Thank you, Penny. I'm not a big fishing enthusiast, but that look pretty fun.
ms.sc. January 08, 2013 at 02:19 AM
Do marine scientists think this is strange, especially with the massive numbers involved?
Sherry January 10, 2013 at 07:28 PM
Can not read your article with a pop up that wants us to advertise with you stupid when you can not delite it. Where is the video. Just pictures. Not friendly Sherry
Penny Arévalo (Editor) January 10, 2013 at 07:36 PM
Just click on the photo above. It's a video. And the only pop up is asking you to read the next sports story. Sorry for the confusion!

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