Such things aren't as whacky as you might think. Here's an AP story I cut and pasted for you.:
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) _ Hundreds of giant squid are washing up on Orange County beaches, creating a scene more akin to ``20,000 Leagues Under the
Sea'' than "The O.C.''
The bug-eyed sea creatures, believed to be Humboldt squid, normally reside in deep water and only come to the surface at night. Why approximately 500
of them began washing up on the sands of Laguna Beach and Newport Beach on Tuesday isn't clear.
Authorities said the squid -- the biggest weighing 17 pounds -- might have been pursuing bait fish and gotten too close to shore, or the tides might
simply have carried them in.
"I have heard of this happening before, but it's not a common occurrence,'' lifeguard Capt. Eric Bauer of the Newport Beach Fire Department said
Authorities plan to remove the squid in the next couple of days and will give at least a couple to the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History for
In the meantime, beachgoers were advised not to eat or even touch them. "They probably have bacteria on them at this point,'' Bauer said.
Now, I'd say that if the biggest of these is 17 lbs., the ones appearing in the above photos are probably faked...BUT...ya never know! I understand
the Smithsonian used to have a 45 footer on display.
[edit on 8-7-2005 by Toelint]