An article in the Western Sportsman magazine about a giant Humboldt squid dragging a diver to his death off Nanaimo, B.C. has caused consternation in the dive tourism community and resulted in an offer from the magazine to publish an apology and correction.
According to a story in the Victoria Times-Colonist, the mayor of Nanaimo, John Ruttan, says the "silly" story ("Attack of the Giant Squid" in the January-February issue) could hurt Nanaimo's growing reputation as a diving destination.
Apparently, the story is not true. David Webb, the editor of the Edmonton-based magazine published a retraction on the magazine's blog.
In our Jan/Feb 2010 issue, on page 10, we published a news article that indicated a scuba diver had been killed by Humboldt squid while diving near Nanaimo, British Columbia. Following reader inquiries and further investigation, our writer’s source for this information was found to be in error.
The Times-Colonist article said that Webb would also be publishing a correction and an apology in the May-June issue.
Western Sportsman is published by OP Publishing Limited of Vancouver, which also publishes BC Outdoors Sport Fishing, BC Outdoors Hunting and Shooting, Pacific Yachting, Canadian Aviator, Cottage Magazine[The pictured squid is now part of the Royal B. C. Museum collection.]