Giant Squid Spotted In Japanese Harbor

Giant Squid Spotted In Japanese Harbor
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A giant squid was spotted near a pier in central Japan.


The sea dweller swam below fishing boats for hours before it was guided back to open water. Akinobu Kimura, who owns the Diving Shop Kaiyu, joined the squid in the water and ushered it to the sea. “My curiosity was way bigger than fear, so I jumped into the water and go close to it,” he said, as reported by 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.”

The squid was 12 or 13 feet in length; which, in contrast to a grown squid being as long as 43 feet, has led many to believe that the one spotted in Japan was an adolescent.

It hasn’t been made clear why the giant squid, which normally dwell in the deepest water bodies, was swimming so close to the surface. “We might see more in this season, but it’s very rare for them to be found swimming around (the fishing boats’) moorings,” Yuki Ikushi, the curator of Uozu Aquarium in Uozu, Toyama, said.

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