Japan: giant squid spotted

The giant squid recently offered an unusually close-up greeting to some spectators in Toyama Bay in central Japan.

As reported by CNN, the Japan giant squid wam under some fishing boats, remaining close to the surface in the bay for several hours. A submersible camera was used to gather rare video footage of the tentacled sea dweller.

Giant of the sea ... The squid dwarfs a local who headed to the beach to see the rare sight. Picture: Facebook/Kaikoura Marine Centre and Aquarium Source: Facebook

Giant of the sea … The squid dwarfs a local who headed to the beach to see the rare sight. Picture: Facebook/Kaikoura Marine Centre and Aquarium Source: Facebook

The giant 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.

Local dive shop owner Akinobu Kimura told CNN he joined the squid in the water and led it back out to the sea.

Japan giant squid

Japan giant squid

“My curiosity was way bigger than fear, so I jumped into the water and [went] close to it,” he said.

“This squid was not damaged and looked lively, spurting ink and trying to entangle his tentacles around me.”

Scientists Film Elusive Video Of Giant Squid

Scientists Film Elusive Video Of Giant Squid

He said he guided the squid towards the ocean where it disappeared into the deep sea.

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.

Check out the video of the rare giant squid.