Giant squid makes rare appearance off Japan

Giant squid makes rare appearance off Japan

Fishermen and other spectators on a pier in Toyama Bay in central Japan were recently treated to a rare sighting of a giant squid, which is known to be one of least seen deep sea creatures in the world.

On Christmas Eve, a giant squid swam under fishing boats, very close to the surface of Toyama Bay. It hang around the bay for an extended period of time before being ushered back to open water.

The rare sighting of the red-and-white real-life sea monster was captured by a submersible camera. It was even joined by a diver named Akinobu Kimura, who owns and operates Diving Shop Kaiyu. Kimura swam in close proximity to the giant to quench his curiosity.

Sharing his experience, he said, “My curiosity was way bigger than fear, so I jumped into the water and go close to it. This squid was not damaged and looked lively, spurting ink and trying to entangle his tentacles around me. I guided the squid toward to the ocean…”

Kimura ushered the squid several hundred meters from the area where it was found and it soon vanished into the deep sea.

The Toyama squid was quite small at an estimated length of around 3.7 meters or 12.1 feet, which suggests it might be a juvenile. A giant squid can grow as large as 13 meters or 43 feet in length. These mysterious marine creatures typically inhabit deep waters.

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