West Seattle low-tide sights: Sizable squid on Alki

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 Replies to "West Seattle low-tide sights: Sizable squid on Alki"

  • Alki Warrior June 12, 2014 (1:03 pm)

    That’s a lot of calamari for someone..

  • SomeGuy June 12, 2014 (1:48 pm)

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

  • Cranky Westie June 12, 2014 (1:59 pm)

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

  • Ray June 12, 2014 (2:30 pm)

    Release the kraken?!??!?!

  • Joe Szilagyi June 12, 2014 (2:31 pm)

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

  • jackspara June 12, 2014 (2:38 pm)

    Ellow Beastie!

  • Lynn Shimamoto June 12, 2014 (2:38 pm)

    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

  • Peterman June 12, 2014 (3:29 pm)

    Look, pa, that fish has a pointy face!

  • payrollgirl June 12, 2014 (4:28 pm)


  • wscommuter June 12, 2014 (4:34 pm)

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

  • gia June 12, 2014 (7:56 pm)

    Lol at Someguy remark! SquidSitters LOL

  • sam-c June 12, 2014 (8:36 pm)

    wow cool- where did they see that?

  • Laura June 12, 2014 (10:22 pm)

    “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. :)

  • OtofStle June 13, 2014 (11:54 am)

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

  • Born on Alki June 14, 2014 (9:03 am)

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

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