The Squid Returns…

by the squid

Many have not heard of the Humboldt squid, or “red devil” as known by divers and fishermen. However those who know, have lived in fear of this red flashing animal, with tentacles, an anti-social attitude, and attacks without provocation. It travels in packs, much like the politicos in Albany NY, once led by Govenor Eliot Spitzer.

A mysterious sea creature up to 7 feet long, with 10 arms, a sharp beak and a ravenous appetite, has invaded ocean waters off Northern California. Packs of fierce Humboldt Squid attack nearly everything they see, from fish to scuba divers. Marine biologists are working to discover why they’ve headed north from their traditional homes off South America.


The Humboldt squid is small, ugly, and ruthless. It attacks for no other reason than to attack. It is fun. It is in its blood. It is what it does. And it does so, because it knows it can. Much like those in power, the elite among us, who abuse their status because they can.

Eliot Spitizer is the best example of doing something just because he could. Hiring elite night walkers and transporting them for his own sordid penchants; he did it because he had the power and arrogance and like the Humboldt, he flew around the political waters and attacked everything in sight, so he felt no one would question his actions. He was the aggressor. He was the feared. He set policies that did not sit well with people in his party or with his opponents, and he dared them to challenge him. In the beginning, they let some of his policies slide, but eventually, they in turn attacked him. The Humboldt, while mean and fast, is only seven feet long and is soft skinned. If attacked from the side, a fatal flesh blow can be easily inflicted.

Humboldts have been known attack their own as well, and in the end, that is happened to Eliot. He swam in dangerous waters, attacked and attacked until one day, something bigger swam by and inflicted a fatal blow in the soft spot of his political career. And after the lone Humboldt has been left to die, sinking to the bottom of the ocean, the rest of the pack swims on to attack unsuspecting prey.

Long live the Humboldt…


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