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Jumbo Squid Invade SoCal (And Perhaps Your Plate)

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Jumbo Humboldt squid are about to get all up in your grill -- literally. There's a feeding frenzy happening in Southern California waters near Oceanside, and sport fishermen are going wild. According to U-T San Diego, one group of anglers reeled in 200 on Sunday night.

The reddish-colored squid are feeding on an abundance of krill that has come into the region's water from tidal flows, and they're typically at or near the surface when it's dark.

But there's more you can do with it than just chucking these seafood steaks on the grill or frying it up calamari style -- although an afternoon at Neptune's Net with a plate of calamari and freshly-shucked oysters is a hard thing to OD on. Plenty of local chefs do squid justice, but it remains to be seen if the big catch will make it into our local restaurants. Regardless, it has us craving paella at the Bazaar. Or squid ink pasta at Osteria Mamma and Mozza. Or live Korean nakji at Wassada.

Here's a video of these giant cephalopods:

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