Big squid surprises Hikkaduwa fishermen

By Malaka Rodrigo

This is the squid season, but the squid caught by a Hikkaduwa fisherman is nowhere near the small boneless creature sold in fish markets these days.

The first time a squid this size was caught in southern waters.

The squid caught at Hikkaduwa was three-and-a-half feet long and weighing 21 kilograms. Fisherman Jeevan Roy caught the squid last week about one kilometre from the shore, using a fishing net laid to catch rays. The squid was alive at the time the fisherman took it out from the net.

“The net was heavy, so I thought I had a big catch. Even though the squid was alive, it wasn’t violent and could be handled,” said Roy, who goes fishing in his fibre-glass boat.

The squid was reddish in colour. Hikkaduwa fishermen said they had never seen such a big squid before. “It is definitely a squid inhabiting the deep sea,” said Prasanna Weerakkody, a marine naturalist who is an expert on Sri Lankan fish.

“Once in a while we get reports of large squid being caught, but most of these reports are from the Batticaloa area,” Prasanna said.

This is the first time that such a large specimen was caught in southern waters, he said.

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