Something else that might be poisoning our offshore waters lately is the Noah-level of flooding that has been off-and-on since October. Tons of persticides, used fossil fuels, antifreeze, organic waste materials, and of course, all that chromium-60 that has saturated S. California's groundwater from the Rocketdyne plant in Santa Suzanna, have just washed right into the Pacific with the flooding. Due to great loss of life on a regular basis from seasonal flash flooding, starting in 1938 the Army Corps of Engineers encased almost all our urban waterways in cement. While this has saved lives here, it has also contributed to terrible drought conditions and has flushed everything nasty into the ocean. Recently, Prop. O passed by a considerable margin and will cause the construction of swales to retain floodwater underground long enough to filter-out contaminants while allowing more water to seep back into the ground the way it used to. In addition to this, we're going to start re-greening the LA River basin, which recently (particularly in Griffith Park) has become a haven for waterfowl. All this rain flushing all that gunk into the sea can't be good for anything, let alone creatures as sensitive to chemical changes as cephalopods. Just hoping it's not that, and that the bulk of the strandings are only the animals that got greedy and came too close to shore. Humboldts are some of my favorite squid! Hate to think we're making those affectionate, cuddly cuties unwelcome along our shores.
By the by, I can't remember who suggested this before, but we really need a dosidicus smilie. Maybe savaging somebody or something (that's how they show LOVE).
From 2001 we have MANY Jumbo squid in Chilean waters. Just in march 2005 was landed 90,000 metrics ton and many washed up have been poccured in our beches.
Also, satarting 2002 we are observed that our traditional hake fisheries has been collapsed. Jumbo squid eat a lot of hake and pelagic fishes. Just 1 squid of 25 kg can eat 30 kg of fishes by month, if we assume just a biomass 200,000 ton of squid, those can eat close to 3 millons tons in one year.... amazing!!.
Somebody know what happend with the demersal fisheries in the west coast of America, Canada and Alaska?. I ear many Jumbo squid appear in recent months.
For the Chilean fishermen the Jumbo squids are a plague! ...sorry, but for us it is.