We all know the stories of giant squids lurking deep in the ocean’s depths in pirate stories. But just last week, on Christmas Eve, the enigmatic species was captured on film swimming close to the surface in Toyama Bay off the west coast of Japan. Estimates approximate that the beast measures 3.7 meters (12.1 feet) in length, making it not a fully matured adult. A typical adult measures about 13 meters or 43 feet.
In the video below, the squid was joined in the water by Akinobu Kimura, a diving shop owner who dived into the bay to swim alongside the cephalopod. 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.”
While no one is quite certain how or why the squid came to be in Toyama Bay, scientists still know so little about both the behavior and physiology of these strange sea creatures. Up until the year 2012, the species had never even been caught on camera in its natural habitat.
Despite all of the intrigue surrounding these kings of the deep, no one has ever actually managed to...