Thousands of squid attract sharks to the Central Coast
November 2, 2012
An abundance of Humboldt squid, which have been spotted in the Pacific Ocean along the Central Coast of California, could be attracting sharks. [KCOY]
During El Niño years, the squid, which grow up to 6 feet and 100 pounds, venture out of their normal breeding grounds in Baja’s Sea of Cortez. In Monterey, nearly a 100 squid have washed up on beaches. [Herald]
In addition to an abundance of squid, dozens of great white sharks have been sighted recently along California’s coastline. The large number of squid along the coast means more food for predators.
On Wednesday, two great whites were caught and released off Manhattan Pier. The day before a man was attacked in Humboldt County across the bay from Eureka. He survived the attack.
Francisco Solorio was not as fortunate. Last week, a shark attacked Solorio while he was surfing with friends off of Ocean Beach near Vandenberg Air Force Base. Solorio later died later from his injuries.