West Seattle low-tide sights: Sizable squid on Alki

June 12, 2014 at 12:01 pm | In West Seattle beaches, West Seattle live, Wildlife | 15 Comments

12:01 PM: “Washington’s squid are generally less than a foot long,” says this state Department of Fish and Wildlife page. Well – not this one that Carrie Ann photographed during this morning’s low tide. She says, “Looks to have a bit of wear and tear from hitting rocks and scavengers pecking at it, but still impressive to see up close.” Humboldt squid? Reminiscent of this one five years ago.

2:46 PM UPDATE: In comments, Lynn says it’s believed to be a “robust clubhook squid.”

15 Comments

  1. That’s a lot of calamari for someone..

    Comment by Alki Warrior — 1:03 pm June 12, 2014 #

  2. SquidSitters reminds you not to get too close to a squid – its mother could be coming back for it!

    Comment by SomeGuy — 1:48 pm June 12, 2014 #

  3. Fukashima. I saw a documentary called “Godzilla” recently. Expect the city to soon be destroyed by giant reptiles.

    Comment by Cranky Westie — 1:59 pm June 12, 2014 #

  4. Release the kraken?!??!?!

    Comment by Ray — 2:30 pm June 12, 2014 #

  5. Squidquake! Coming soon to Syfy! The end of Seattle!

    Comment by Joe Szilagyi — 2:31 pm June 12, 2014 #

  6. Ellow Beastie!

    Comment by jackspara — 2:38 pm June 12, 2014 #

  7. Buzz, our favorite marine educator, has identified this as Moroteuthis robusta, or Clubhook Squid. You can read about it at http://www.thecephalopodpage.org/Mrobusta.php

    Comment by Lynn Shimamoto — 2:38 pm June 12, 2014 #

  8. Look, pa, that fish has a pointy face!

    Comment by Peterman — 3:29 pm June 12, 2014 #

  9. Someguy>>>>>LOL!!!

    Comment by payrollgirl — 4:28 pm June 12, 2014 #

  10. Dang … can’t top “release the kraken” … well played Ray.

    Comment by wscommuter — 4:34 pm June 12, 2014 #

  11. Lol at Someguy remark! SquidSitters LOL

    Comment by gia — 7:56 pm June 12, 2014 #

  12. wow cool- where did they see that?

    Comment by sam-c — 8:36 pm June 12, 2014 #

  13. “Release the kraken” FTW! The comments on here are always good stuff. And SquidSitters. That’s some good stuff too. We need more of this in our lives. Thanks for the chuckles. :)

    Comment by Laura — 10:22 pm June 12, 2014 #

  14. I wonder why this guy washed up to the shore? Don’t they usually live at the very deep part of the ocean? Strange…

    Comment by OtofStle — 11:54 am June 13, 2014 #

  15. I think they live in a pineapple under the sea next to Spongebob. RIP Squidward.

    Comment by Born on Alki — 9:03 am June 14, 2014 #

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