What is that?! Stormy weather brings more mysteries of the deep ashore in Oregon

Squid eggs near Yaquina Head. (Katherine Fuller, BLM)


"Thousands of squid eggs washed up on Cobble Beach at Yaquina Head this week!" the U.S. Bureau of Lane Management reports. "The eggs, possibly from a California market squid (Doryteuthis opalescens), are normally attached to something at sea but were recently dislodged during a storm surge."

Recent stormy weather brought other unlikely visitors to Oregon, too: the Oregon Coast Aquarium is caring for a brown booby, a bird that lives off the coast of Central America. Beachcombers found the booby last weekend on a beach south of Newport.

And scientists remain puzzled by the appearance of pyrosomes along the Oregon Coast.

As for the squid eggs, each cylindrical egg is only a few inches in length but can hold up to 200 individual eggs, according to BLM.

"An adult California market squid can reach up to 1 foot in length and has a life-span of about a year," the agency said.

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