Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Giant Squid Spotted on Christmas Eve

On Christmas Eve, 2015, a tentacled wonder from the depths of the ocean visisted a Japanese Harbor.

No, it wasn't Squidard.  It was something much more amazing.

A Giant Squid was spotted beneath the boats of the Mizuhashi Fisherina in Toyama prefecture.


Architeuthis, the Giant Squid, is usually found more than 2000 feet beneath the oceans surface.  The ones seen up close and personal are usually hauled up in fishing nets, their bodies white and long since dead.

Not so with this surfacing giant.

This vibrantly colored specimine was around 12 feet long, and according to Akinobu Kimura who jumped in the water to film it,
"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 portrayed in movies like The Beast as being monsters hungry for human skin, this Giant Squid didn't harm a single person who swam with and filmed it.  It stayed inside the marina for several hours before being led back to open waters.

While nobody is sure why this curious squid paid a visit -- the weather was fair, ocean conditions normal and it didn't appear to be ill -- I for one am thankful for its visit, and for today's technology, and the ability to see one of these creatures

Rare Footage Of Giant Squid Swimming Along Coast Of Japan
Posted by Discovery News on Tuesday, December 29, 2015
If you are curious to know more about Architeuthis then you might want to check out the book Giant Squid: Searching for a Sea Monster (Smithsonian) or, for the younger giant squid lovers in your life there is also Tentacles!: Tales of the Giant Squid.

And then, after you've learned all there is to know about the giant squid, you can bring home one of your very own to love!

I just want a HUG!
Love me!
See even more amazing squid video at this link:

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