When you think of killer giant squid, you might picture a campy CGI creature from the Syfy channel, but the Humboldt squid, or “red devils”, are some of the scariest creatures in the sea. So since the Humboldt squid has such a nasty reputation for being a ruthless killer, should we fear these man eating giant squid more than sharks?
Well, a few unfortunate Mexican fishermen definitely needed a bigger boat when braving the warm waters where the Humboldt squid dwell. According to the Express, two Mexican fisherman were drug from their boats by the powerful giant squid and chewed up to the extent that their bodies couldn’t be identified by their families. Based on this true tale of terror, it looks like humans should start fearing the man eating Humboldt squid the same way we fear sharks or piranhas (they might not have their own horror movie yet, but I’m sure Hollywood is working on it). And the Humboldt squid may be even more terrifying than these predators; after all, it can actually reach into a boat and pluck an unsuspecting victim right out of it.
But we Americans needn’t worry, right? After all, Mexico is kind of far away from here. Well, according to the Express, these ravenous giant squid are spreading across the Pacific, devouring everything in their path. Experts think that the intelligent, opportunistic eaters are taking advantage of warmer waters due to climate change, and since the killer red devils devour so much and have such a nasty temperament, it looks like we could be powerless to stop the Humboldt squid from snatching some of our favorite fish of off our menus (and perhaps picking off a few of us that venture into their territory).
Just last year, for example, CBS reported that Humboldt squid were already stretching their terrifying tentacles out to the California coast, where millions are reportedly swarming in the sea. And even if we don’t have to worry about the killer squid venturing onto the shores of crowded California beaches to prey on unsuspecting swimmers, the Humboldt squid are definitely going to make seafood lovers suffer; according to the Express, one Humboldt squid can eat 27,000 pounds of fish in two years. So with their population exploding in the Pacific, it’s hard to imagine the devastating effect they will have on the ecosystem (and your local Red Lobster menu).
So while the “man eating” Humboldt squid, which can reach weights of around 100 pounds, may be frightening for its intelligence, its eight powerful tentacles (as well as its two additional “attack” tentacles”), and its beak full of sharp teeth, it looks like we should fear it more for its ability to wipe out a good chunk of the world’s sea creatures. (But who cares, right? Since the Humboldt squid is capable of killing men, we just want to see the highly-fictionalized movie based on it).