Tons of Squid, Lots of Questions

As we mentioned on OutdoorLife.com last week, the invasion of giant squid continues unabated off the coast of California and scores of anglers are getting in on the action.

Although the squid are found in Monterey Bay all year, they are most prominent from October through March. El Nino seems to have increased their numbers even more and biologists are studying the phenomenon with great zeal.(www.thecalifornian.com/article/20100213/NEWS01/2130305/1002/news01/What-s-up-with-Monterey-Bay-s-Humboldt-squid-invasion)

"We don't know if we're dealing with 50,000 squids or 5 million," Stanford University marine biologist William Gilly was quoted as saying.

"The four biggest questions are: 'Why are they here?' 'What are they doing?' 'How many of them are there?' and 'What impact are they having on our fisheries?'" said Julie Steward, one of Gilly's students.