The Humboldt squid (Dosidicus gigas) can grow to six feet, weigh up to 110 pounds and feeds on a staggering array of prey items, many of which are commercially important.

Humboldt squid

Its range is quickly expanding in the northern and southern hemispheres, earning media attention due to the squid's effects on commercial fisheries, and its charismatic and aggressive nature.

We're working to better understand the Humboldt squid in collaboration with Stanford University; the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute; NOAA; and the Centro de Investigaciones Biológicas del Noroeste, La Paz, Mexico. We're also experimenting with in-vitro techniques that may enable us to raise these giants for display.