On a recent fishing trip to Sekiu, I arrived in the very early morning to see hundreds, if not thousands, of humboldt squid washed up on the beach. They are apparently attracted to the lights of the town at night, and get stranded at low tide. The seagulls were gorging themselves! They are not a native species, as their closest native waters are much farther south, in mexico and southern california. But in El Nino years, they have been known to travel north. Fishermen have been catching Huge squid, some up to 60 pounds!! This is an odd occurence, and I must say, the first time I have seen such a spectacle. Local fishermen have mixed feelings about this. On one hand, for the ones who like calamari, it's a rare chance to catch a Humboldt in the Pacific Northwest. For others, it's an annoyance, and a danger to the local fish population.
Squid washing ashore in Sekiu, WA
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