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Are squid vicious?

On the deck
Pete Thomas sits on the deck before diving with Humboldt squid in the Sea of Cortes. (Jim Knowlton / For the Times)
Fishing for Squid
A skiff captain, front, and his client display the catch of the day, a 3-foot, 40-pound Humboldt squid, during a fishing expedition in the Sea of Cortes. (Jim Knowlton / For the Times)
Swim
Pete Thomas, left, and Rocio Lozano swim next to a Humboldt squid in the Sea of Cortes. (Jim Knowlton / For the Times)
hooked
Pete Thomas, left, and Rocio Lozano inspect a large squid hooked in the deep waters of the Sea of Cortes. (Jim Knowlton / For the Times)
Swimming with squid
Pete Thomas swims closer to a Humboldt squid in the Sea of Cortes. (Jim Knowlton / For the Times)
Jumbo squid
A Humbolt squid caught in the Sea of Cortes. The jumbo squid can reach lengths of 7 feet and weigh as much as 100 pounds. (Jim Knowlton / For the Times)
Sea of Cortes
Pete Thomas dives with a Humboldt squid in the Sea of Cortes. ()
Deckmate
Deckmate Antonio Nunez of the dive boat Garota displays a Humbolt squid caught in a remote area southeast of La Paz. (Pete Thomas / Los Angeles Times)
Underwater video
Underwater video captures the moves of a Humboldt squid. (Scott Cassell / For the Times)
Common off South America
Long common off South America, the Humboldt squid began establishing themselves in the Gulf of California - better known as the Sea of Cortes. (Scott Cassell / For the Times)
Torpedo
The torpedo-shaped Humboldt squid thrive at great depths and use a form of jet propulsion to squirt themselves quickly through their hazy realm. (Scott Cassell / For the Times)
Voracious
Humboldt squids are voracious animals with probing arms and tentacles lined with hundreds of gripping suckers and clasping hooks, and with beaks designed to tear off fist-sized hunks of flesh. (Scott Cassell / For the Times)
Invasion
The squid invasion could be a sign that one of the richest marine areas of the world is ailing. (Jim Knowlton / For the Times)
High and dry
A Humboldt squid is pulled out of the waters of the Sea of Cortes. (Scott Cassell / For the Times)
Caught
Scott Cassell holds a Humboldt squid caught in the Sea of Cortes. (Scott Cassell / For the Times)
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