Rare Giant Squid Spotted Off Japanese Coast

Posted: Dec 29 2015, 2:04am CST | by , Updated: Dec 29 2015, 10:38pm CST, in News | Latest Science News

Rare Giant Squid Spotted off Japanese Coast
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Giant squid was filmed as it swam under the fishing boats close to shore.

Beachgoers were treated with a rare sighting of a monstrous sea creature on Christmas Eve last Friday.

On the shores of Japan’s Toyama Bay, a rare giant squid was spotted swimming under fishing boats for several hours before getting back into open water.

The stunning red and white squid was measured at more than 12 feet long (3.7 meters) and it was unusual to see such a massive squid in the water just 2.5 to 3 meters deep. Giant squids are deep-ocean dwelling animals and are known to live 600 meters to 900 meters below sea level.

According to Wall Street Journal, dozens of giant squids have been captured in Toyama Bay since the start of the year, but all were either dead or nearly dead when caught in the fishing nets. The latest one also had some scratches on its head but it seemed fit and healthy. It stayed close to the shore for many hours and swam alongside the divers.

“This squid was not damaged and looked lively, spurting ink and trying to entangle his tentacles around me,” said Akinobu Kimura, a diver who swam close to this real life monster.

“I guided the squid toward to the ocean, several hundred meters from the area it was found in and it disappeared into deep sea.”

Sighting of giant squids are extremely rare as they found in the depths of ocean and even for hundreds of years they were considered no more than a myth. The first time when a giant squid was snapped in the wild was way back in 2004 off the coast of Ogasawara Islands located in Japan.

Giant squids can grow up to 43 feet (13 meters) and a recent genetic research suggest that only one species of the giant squid exists today.

Enjoy the video of rare giant squid below.

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