Incredible footage of a juvenile 12 footer but it was alive and even guided out of the harbour by a diver. Well done that diver!
Now,if only the press and idiots would stop calling anything big in the sea a "monster"!
A giant squid made its way into Japan's Toyama Bay on Christmas Eve, treating onlookers to a rare sighting of the magnificent creature. Japan seems to be the place to find these staggeringly large beasts: The first-ever images of a giant squid in the wild were snapped off the coast of the Ogasawara Islands in 2004, and the first film of a living adult came from the same area in 2012.
CNN reports that one intrepid diver had a close encounter with the real-life sea monster.
But the 40 or so feet long they've been confirmed to reach is still pretty impressive. Heck, the 12 feet our buddy in the video above has reached is already pretty freaky looking.
Architeuthis dux may be the longest squid in the sea (or the longest we know about, anyway) but the colossal squid (Mesonychoteuthis hamiltoni) is the biggest in terms of mass. Scientists dissected a 770-pound colossal squid back in 2014, and you can check out our recap of the gross-but-awesome event here.