Although Japanese fisherman Shigenori Goto was searching for yellowtails recently off Sadogashima Island, he received the surprise of his life when he caught a gigantic squid instead. The huge squid, which measured more than 13 feet long and weighed over 350 pounds, was alive and wriggling when he was caught, but succumbed soon after his capture. It is very unusual for a fisherman to catch such a gigantic squid because they live in the deepest part of the ocean waters and rarely come to the surface. It wasn’t until 2012 that a photographic team was actually able to photograph giant squid in their natural habitat.

“We were about 30 or 40 minutes into our day when we saw this huge reddish-brown thing come swimming up, rising from the depths,” the 44-year-old said.

“I’d never seen anything like it before. I was surprised, there’s no other word for it. And then it was complete chaos on the boat – we all just started shouting ‘giant squid, giant squid’,” he added.

Initially, there were reports that the gigantic sea creature was radioactive as a result of the Fukijima plant disaster several years ago, but that proved to be only rumor. But the giant squid looked terrifying enough because of its eight long tentacles, its gigantic eyes and its huge size. Even Goto admits he was both horrified and amazed when he hauled in the massive creature in his yellowtail nets. Even though his catch was pretty amazing, scientists report that squid can actually grow to more than 700 pounds and more than 25 feet in length.

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