Rare sighting of a giant squid caught on camera near Japan's coast

Release the Kraken! Spectators visiting Toyama Bay in Japan, got a glimpse of a giant squid on Christmas Eve before a local diver helped guide it back to deeper waters.


What would you do if you spotted a real-life sea monster? When one diver saw a giant Architeuthis squid swimming under fishing boats in Japan's Toyama Bay on Christmas Eve, he jumped in the water to get a closer look.

"My curiosity was way bigger than fear, so I jumped into the water and go close to it," Akinobu Kimura told CNN. "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."

A submersible camera captured footage of the jumbo squid in action, and more exciting footage shows Kimura, who is also the owner of a diving shop, swimming with the giant squid.

Believe it or not, this giant squid isn't even a full-grown specimen. In fact, according to CNN, it might be a juvenile, measuring an estimated 3.7 meters (12.1 feet) long. Adult squids hit around 13 meters (43 feet) for females and 10 meters (33 feet) for males.

"It was the first time that we saw a live giant squid here, where water depth is only about 2.5 to 3 meters," Mizuhashi Fisherina marine manager Tatsuya Wakasugi told The Wall Street Journal.

It still remains uncertain why the giant squid wandered into the marina in the first place.

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