And, of course, it happened in Southern California:
It was an odd start to the morning in La Jolla. First residents were jolted out of bed at 7.34 a.m. by a 4.0 magnitude earthquake that was centered 19 miles out to sea. But what happened just minutes later was a little fishy.
Dozens of dazed Humboldt squid that were about three to four feet long and weighed close to 40 pounds were flapping around on La Jolla Shores beach.
“It’s like their equilibrium is all messed up and they don’t know what they’re doing and they can’t back out there,” Bill Baumann said. “It was like they got — I don’t know — all shook up.”
It didn’t take long for the seagulls to swoop in and start feeding on the squid, so beachgoers ran to the rescue and tried frantically to save them by throwing them back in the water. That proved to be a difficult task for several reasons — they were extremely heavy, very slippery, and when the good Samaritans did manage to get them back them in water, the squid didn’t know where to go and kept washing back up.
“Some people were saying it was the earthquake this morning that caused them to get disoriented but who knows? Feher said. “A state guy was out and said the earthquake caused (it),” Baumann said.
“The Humboldt squid can be very big and very powerful and they may be dangerous,” Sgt. Rains said. “It’s just something I wouldn’t mess with until you’re sure that it’s dead. They’ve got a lot of suckers and claws and a parrot like beak and they can inflict some damage.”
“I have never seen squid in the 42 years that I’ve lived here on the shores in La Jolla,” she said.
Video HERE, if you’re so inclined.
Meanwhile in Washington D.C., in completely unrelated earth-moving and strange flailing action, Sonia Sotomayor’s Confirmation Hearings begin this morning.
Contrary to popular belief, I do NOT think this is a slam-dunk for Obama. His polls are at new lows; his nominee has made some clearly out-of-mainstream comments, as well as some borderline racist comments; and with the second round of tea Parties (in which popular Texas Senator John Cornyn got booed at Austin) . . .
. . . Well, let’s just say that if somebody wanted to stop Sherman’s march to the sea, this would be a good place to start right here.