Any New Jersey readers out there? Anyone from Seaside Heights?

Why didn’t you tell me?


I had to find out about this exciting event in the grocery store checkout line. I was most interested to learn that it ravaged the shore line during a recent storm, but seems to have put most of its effort into destroying a church.

Hmmm. I didn’t do it, officer.


  1. Dr. Strangelove says

    Looks suspiciously like the Giant Squid from Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea with James Mason and Kirk Douglas… I suppose that’s your favorite movie of all time, PZ? After Dead Man’s Chest that is…

  2. flame821 says


    Its supposed to be a secret, do you know how hard it is to train a squid of that size? The amount of ‘good boy’ treats we go through is astounding.

  3. LBFS says

    Wow, I’m a Jersey girl, and until now I thought the creepiest things at Seaside Heights were the swarms of greasy two-legged mallrats.

  4. says

    pz, if you looked at my 2nd mtv 25th anniv post last week, you’ll see that I frequented Seaside Heights in HS and college; we specifically chose the Sumner Ave parking lot for our underage drinking out of my admiration for Gordon Sumner. If the giant squid had surfaced back then, I would’ve hunted you down. But if I have my math correct, you were probably stoned out of your gourd in Oregon at the time (’81-’85).

  5. Gregory says

    I thought of you when I saw that hed, Dr. Meyers. This recent Weekly World News hed is more my speed, though: Aliens Abduct Cheerleaders!

    The screenplay just writes itself…

  6. Evan says


    I don’t know what happened — I specifically told the staff to invite you (and provide you with airfare and accomodations) to the Calamari Roast.

  7. Grumpy says

    That totally un-doctored photo makes me wonder… Could a squid large enough to threaten Nemo be able to lift its arms out of the water, without the effect of bouyancy?

  8. jerzoid says

    Just drove back from the “down the shore” in NJ, though didn’t make it to Sleazeside (as we once called it) this trip, just Point Pleasant, a tad north of it…And Point Pleasant, eerily enough, was the setting for a failed TV drama about the daughter of the devil. It is all coming together now… (and you can’t see it in the photo, but that squid has a mullet).

  9. Yoshitsune Toranaga says

    Hmmm interesting…….. thanks for the update quort! russian squirrels attacked several childeren the other day too. it was quite funny