VSL:SCIENCE // Spotting sea monsters off the California coast

The giant red squid used to stick to the warm waters off Mexico’s Pacific coast. But fishermen have been catching el diablo rojo in California waters, and marine biologists are noting that many more dolphins now bear scars from squid attacks.

Now scientists at Oregon State University are using acoustic technology to track the animal’s movements. One theory suggests that global warming is driving the migration. Another possibility is that the overfishing of predatory fish, such as tuna, is fueling a population explosion. Whatever the case may be, Californians should brace themselves for more visits from this sea monster.

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