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Calamari Consume Cortez

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A few decades ago there were no Humboldt squid to be found in the Sea of Cortez…now there are estimated to be over 20 million. The drop in the numbers of sharks seem to be the cause of the Humboldt’s population explosion – the vacuum left in the food chain by over-fishing of sharks to supply the unsustainable, and frankly unjustifiably cruel, shark fin trade has been filled by these opportunistic predators. A single female Humboldt squid can lay millions of eggs, of which only a few will survive to adulthood. The rest join the food chain and provide a high-protein food for any marine life that can catch them, their vast numbers creating a significant source of food for small fish. Once they grow up however, Humboldt squid are too large to be eaten by these smaller predators and they effectively turn the tables on them by targeting them as prey. They will basically eat anything that moves and that they can overpower. Read more...

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