12 Feet Long Rare Giant Squid Spotted on Japanese Harbor on Christmas Eve

12 Feet Long Rare Giant Squid Spotted on Japanese Harbor on Christmas Eve

People in Japan got a surprising Christmas present when a giant squid made rare up-close appearance in Toyama Bay. Also known as an Architeuthis squid, it swam beneath boats for a long time before heading back to sea.

People who were treated to the rate sighting of the creature captured it on their cameras and posted it on social media. A submersible camera captured a video of the squid close to the surface of Toyama Bay. Akinobu Kimura, a diver and owner of Diving Shop Kaiyu, swam alongside the red-and-white creature before it went back to open water.

This was the third time when a giant squid was caught on video as the first giant creature was filmed three years back. As per the spectators, the squid was about 12 feet long, shorter than the longest squid of 43 feet long.

About the Christmas squid, Kimura said it was a giant creature. Curiosity to see the creature made the diver to jump into the water and swim alongside the squid. According to Kimura, he decided to jump into water because he wanted to go close to the specimen.

“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, several hundred meters from the area it was found in, and it disappeared into the deep sea”, said Kimura.

Yuki Ikushi from Uozu Aquarium in Uozu said it was first sighting of giant squid this season, which runs from November to March.

CNN reported that, The creature swam under fishing boats and close to the surface of Toyama Bay, better known for its firefly squid, and reportedly hung around the bay for several hours before it was ushered back to open water. It was captured on video by a submersible camera, and even joined by a diver, Akinobu Kimura, owner of Diving Shop Kaiyu, who swam in close proximity to the red-and-white real-life sea monster.
"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, several hundred meters from the area it was found in, and it disappeared into the deep sea."

CBS News report said, The squid was reportedly about 12 or 13 feet long, which is small by giant squid standards. An adult giant squid can grow as long as about 43 feet, leaving many to believe that this one was an adolescent.

Long the inspiration behind maritime tales of sea monsters, a giant squid was not filmed live in the wild until a team from Japan's National Science Museum and the Discovery Channel released footage in 2013 of a giant squid viewed from a submersible about a third of a mile beneath the surface of the ocean.

According to the TheWeek, When diver Akinobu Kimura saw a giant squid swimming near the surface of Toyama Bay in central Japan on Christmas Eve, he knew he had to get a closer look.

"My curiosity was way bigger than fear, so I jumped into the water," he told CNN. Giant squid sightings are incredibly rare, but spectators say the 12-foot-long creature (believed to be a juvenile, since squid can grow as large as 43 feet long) swam under boats and hung out in the bay for several hours. The squid, Kimura said, "looked lively," and was spurting ink. Squid are usually found in deep water, and it's not clear why this one was in the bay, but Kimura said he guided it toward the ocean and "it disappeared into the deep sea."

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