VIDEO: Update, 1300+ Jumbo Squid Invade Dana Point Coast

Large numbers of Humboldt squid have been seen by passengers dotting the coastline since Wednesday night, many weighing between 20-25 pounds, according to one local captain.

(Editor's Note: This story first appeared on Laguna Niguel-Dana Point Patch, early morning, Thursday, Jan. 3.)

UPDATE: Jan. 8., 10 a.m.: The count is now at 1300+ according to Dana Wharf Sportfishing. More boats will go out Tuesday night along with 120 passengers, says General Manager Donna Kalez.

UPDATE: Jan. 6, 10:45 a.m.: The total count of Humboldt squid caught to date is more than 800, according to Dana Wharf Sportfishing. Click here for the latest video.

UPDATE: Jan. 6, 9 a.m.: Odd-looking squid keep on appearing. In fact, more than 350 Humboldt were caught in less than 45 minutes off the coast of Dana Point on Saturday night, upping the count dramatically since the first sighting.

DANA POINT, CA -- Some things squishy and quite large have been seen by passengers dotting the waters off the Dana Point coast shoreline the past few nights, and we're not talking swimmers who ate too many Christmas cookies.

Jumbo-sized squid or Humboldt squid which aren't that common in Dana Point, started appearing late Wednesday evening, Jan. 2, when Capt. Brian Woolley took the "Sum Fun" boat out on a run, according to Donna Kalez, general manager of Dana Wharf Sportfishing. A handful of passengers, including Woolley's daughter, Abby, 9, caught around 12 squid total, mostly in the 3-to 5-pound range.

Then on Thursday night, Capt. Woolley took the boat out again with 10 passengers aboard; they caught about "100 more that were quite a bit bigger," Kalez said.

Dana Wharf Sportfishing has been known to catch them up to 20-25 pounds, Kalez added.

The last big squid run was in Sept. 2011, Kalez said.

The squid have been appearing 3 to 4 miles from the harbor and about 2 miles off the beach.

Trips leave nightly until further notice at 5:30 p.m for $25.00 go to 

danawharf.com/fishct.html and send us your photos if you get lucky.

For more on these creatures read here.

Jan Drobiak January 06, 2013 at 08:59 PM
We are put on a place in this universe where we have to kill to survive. To kill for sport is immoral.It is killing for the sake of killing. You are being tested, everyday.
glenn lambert January 06, 2013 at 09:27 PM
is that palosi he is holding up
fit4ufor3rd January 06, 2013 at 09:30 PM
the front pic doesnt look like a squid from that angle
Jeremy Kaiser January 06, 2013 at 09:51 PM
Go hug another tree. Humans like you should go dig a hole oh you can that will hurt the earth. Dum ass. I wish I was there fishing
paulport January 06, 2013 at 10:14 PM
Really? I am going to spend my time being sad for all the human lives being taken out of violence. Maybe when all our children are safe from sexual preditors and school shootings, I will shed a tear for the squid!
Jan Cannell January 06, 2013 at 10:15 PM
But you are a human, are you not? Well, put a bag over your head and reduce the burden on earth by 1, why don't you? And before you spout more bleeding heart idiocy about this story, you ought to read up on the Humboldt squid problem and find out why they are killing them. Cretin.
Tom January 06, 2013 at 10:15 PM
I agree.
TreeHugger January 06, 2013 at 10:18 PM
Go dress up like a squid DUMB ass. It is pretty dumb to spell dumb wrong. You are a real idiot.
TreeHugger January 06, 2013 at 10:20 PM
It does make sense, humans are a mistake of nature, a fatal flaw, everyone should go dress up as squid and let the dumb asses catch and eat you.
tommy erdwein January 06, 2013 at 10:24 PM
anyone here familiar with the FOOD CHAIN, we are at the top of it for a reason...deal with it!! There is a place for all of God's creatures...on the plate!!
Tom January 06, 2013 at 10:41 PM
To April fool 79 . You sound like a fool.
fishinjim January 06, 2013 at 11:49 PM
I'm a greenie and a recreational fisherman.I'm also a member of the Nature Conservancy. There is nothing wrong with eating fish and shellfish.I bet recreational fisherman put more $ in to protecting resources than those making silly statements about horrible humans.
Fred Gagalot January 07, 2013 at 12:14 AM
ya and why dont ice cream cones have bones?
Ladybee313 January 07, 2013 at 12:43 AM
I agree! That is why most animals are extinct!!
Shaqueze January 07, 2013 at 12:50 AM
I think a large majority of you are missing the really big picture. 1) Last time I checked the Humbolt squid is carnivorous and will attack anything as a food source. 2) Humbolt's are known to hunt in packs and are highly intelligent. So if 800 or so giant squids (which can attack and kill a human) shows up off your coastline you might wanna stay out of the frick'n water & definitely keep your kids out. I'm not advocating whole sale slaughter, but you might want to reconsider what you have swimming freely off your coastline less YOU become there next meal..
Don Stephens January 07, 2013 at 12:57 AM
I couldn't agree with you more. Humans think that just because they are more evolved than animals, that this gives them the right to kill all animals. They cannot understand that at one time in history that humans too were less evolved. Humans are God's most lethal and pernicious creatures. They slaughter all animal species for one reason or another, either for food or fur or sport or lab experiments or in animal shelters. And they justify the killing of each species for one reason or another. Either by stating that it's for food, when science has already taught us, that humans do not need to eat meat to stay alive and that infact meat has deleterous effects on human body or they make up other excuses.
Romeo Santos January 07, 2013 at 01:03 AM
If you fish do you think of fishing small sizes to be legal it has to be large because if its too large the small once will not survived. they call this ecology, they are coming out because they cannot find food anymore.
caslknight January 07, 2013 at 01:11 AM
ummmm Robin ... that beautiful sea creature you refer to is called a Humboldt Squid. It usually populates the Southern Mexican coastline and they are some of the nastiest creatures on earth ! They typically run in single to small groups that stay within range of other colonies of Humbolt. When a prey is found the Humboldt {without provocation) begins to flash a brilliant blood red flash that is used to call for backup. The Humboldt from the other colonies and areas within distance of sonar reach litterally flood the area that is emitting the warning and in large masses use the razor sharp beak they have .... yes its a beak like a bird well more like a giant parrot's beak and could slice thru an arm in a moment. What makes this really scary is that until just a few years ago, the Humboldt was found off the coast of the BaJa desert. They were acclimated to the 86 degree water and couldn't tolerate the colder temperatures of the Pacific ocean. Well that "WAS" the case. The Humboldts can and have been found in colder areas of the Pacific Ocean all over the world. Chalk it up to a natural change in the Humboldt or call it a genetic mutation brought on by global poisioning of the earth. Anyway they are now everywhere ! will attack and seem to be easily pissed off by humans ! They are not just slimy fish with suckers. They are a pissed off sack of muscle with a giant parrot beak! BEWARE !
Romeo Santos January 07, 2013 at 01:11 AM
this creatures stays to the bottom of the sea they are called harvester from the bottom of the ocean, they come out because they are so big and the food available for them cannot be shared anymore specially the young and small squids.
Bruce January 07, 2013 at 01:27 AM
Typical moronic greedy human behavior....if it wanders into your area by mistake or what ever reason, kill and sell it for profit.
kawaii jess January 07, 2013 at 01:45 AM
poor animal any1 who disagrees is a monster and hates the worlds animals
kawaii jess January 07, 2013 at 01:47 AM
this is a massacre , a horrid display of why humans are the bane of this planet
kawaii jess January 07, 2013 at 01:58 AM
i agree, to those who disagree i bet u would kill ur dog or cat or already have
Lee Johnson January 07, 2013 at 01:59 AM
idots and morons are nice people. stop insulting them
Don Stephens January 07, 2013 at 06:30 AM
Will you can it with the line that "killing an animal is the same as picking a plant or a fruit". If that were true, then killing a human being would fall into the same category, then killing humans would be justifiable as well. You know that an animal's anatomy is nothing like a plant's or a vegetable's; if it were, then scientists wouldn't do lab experiments on animals but on plants. A plant doesn't have a heart, a brain, eyes, ears, nose, bodily organs and a nervous system that translates pain like a human's and an animal's body does.
Don Stephens January 07, 2013 at 07:17 AM
Are you listening to yourself? You are saying that squids are dangerous because they attack the fisherman who hunt them. Any living being has an inherent right to defend his life against an attacker. If you attack a man who has killed your family, neighbors and community, you are not considered the dangerous one of the two.
Don Stephens January 07, 2013 at 07:30 AM
Tell you what, Jeremy Kaiser, we'll dig a hole if you jump in it.
HumboltLover January 08, 2013 at 06:20 AM
It will be a day of great joy and festive jubilent celebration if the Humbolt's unit and come and attack the human race, I anticipate that day with unbridled glee. Let the humans pay for their evil ways. GO HUMBOLT'S GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
HumboltLover January 08, 2013 at 06:24 AM
Those squid are spectacular looking. WOW. Now I know why Humbolt State was named after them, they are worthy of more adulation. They are fantastic, No human compares to them in beauty!
HumboltLover January 08, 2013 at 06:36 AM
WTF, Look DUMB ASS, WHERE does it say they are being harvested for food? Even if this is the case, let the sea deal naturally with the abundance in whatever way the forces compell it to. Do not laugh or joke where animals are involved, they are at our mercy, and we are a fairly ignorant merciless species. How terribly sad.


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