Earlier this week, we posted a video blog about a bunch of big squid that washed up on a California beach right after an earthquake. Well, as it turns out, the ‘quake may have had nothing to do with their beach crashing.
From National Geographic:
_For one thing, scientists began finding beached squid at least three days before the Saturday earthquake, said squid expert William Gilly of Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station.
“So unless the squid were predicting the earthquake, I don’t think there’s any link,” he added.
Jumbo squid can grow up to seven feet long and weigh as much as 100 pounds.
Biologists don’t know of any squid bodily functions that would be affected by an earthquake. Unlike fish, for example, squid do not have air bladders, which can conceivably be compressed by an earthquake’s seismic waves.
“It’s hard to absolutely rule out, but it seems unlikely to me” that earthquakes could affect squid, said Danna Staaf, a Stanford marine biologist currently conducting research close to the squid stranding location.