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SCI/TECH: Squid catch stuns scientists

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posted on Oct, 15 2004 @ 06:13 PM
Jumbo flying squid, also known as Humboldt squid, have been found off the coast of Alaska, and scientists are calling this a "fundamental change." Among another number of species found that far north, scientists have shipped the giant squid to a research lab in Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.
SITKA, Alaska One scientist calls an aquatic find off Alaska a sign of "fundamental change in the ocean along the coast."
A large Humboldt squid caught offshore from Sitka is among numerous sightings of a species being seen for the first time in waters of the Far North, and the first of the species recovered from British Columbia waters.

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The 6 1/2 foot 44 lb Dosidicus gigas is being kept in a formaldahyde tank in the museum. 7 reports of sighting have been recieved since July.

Eric Hochberg, curator of the Santa Barbara museum, is trying to determine if they squid are heading north with warmer waters and die out as they move further north, or if their northern movements are constrained by the colder waters

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