Journalists can't seem to write an article
about Humboldt squid without mentioning their "Mexican name" diablo rojo
. But in all my squid trips to the Gulf of California, I've never yet heard a Mexican fisherman use that term. At the squid festival, la cuarta gran feria del calamar gigante
, in Guaymas, Sonora, there was no mention, ever, of el diablo rojo
. The Humboldt is calamar gigante
, and that's that.
But diablo rojo
has become so prevalent in news coverage of this species that I wonder if the media will end up creating their own reality? If enough Americans, Mexicans, and others keep reading that Humboldts are commonly called diablos rojos
, will it become true?
That would kind of annoy me.