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

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

NEWPORT, Ore. - Now WHAT are THOSE?

"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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