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Squid boats are seen from Malibu’s Zuma Beach on a recent January evening. Suzanne Guldimann/22nd Century Media
Market squid such as this one are currently being caught by local fishermen, whose boats can be seen most evenings in Malibu. Southwest Fisheries Science Center, NOAA Fisheries Service
Squid boats are seen from Malibu’s Zuma Beach on a recent January evening. Suzanne Guldimann/22nd Century Media
Suzanne Guldimann, Freelance Reporter
9:44 am PST January 10, 2017

Almost every night this winter, bright lights have appeared off the coast of Malibu. 

It’s an eerie sight on a foggy evening, suggesting something unearthly or supernatural, but the only thing these ghostly lights portend is the presence of Doryteuthis opalescens, the common market squid.