Thanks for the info...interesting that they are blaming the lack of hake on the Humboldts...and yes, they are different from giant squid...smaller and much more aggressive! These are the ones who have been known to attack people in the Gulf of California (if they're stupid enough to be in the water when they've been attracted for feeding to a boat)...they have beaks strong enough to bite through an oar, so they aren't something you want to come across when they're pissed!
Jennifer A. Hoar, Ph.D.
At Sea Observer Program
Archipelago Marine Research
If the Creator indeed lavished his best design on the animal he created in his own image, Creationists would have to conclude that God is really
-J. Diamond, 1985
I've asked if the jumbos are edible - Jenn gives me some of the best squid recipes (I think she even wrote a cookbook) so she ought to know.
From Jenn :
As to the Humboldt squid, yes they are edible and big and meaty, so they are great grilled as long as you don't overcook them....