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Giant Squid Visits Harbor in Japan

posted: 12/29/15
by: Discovery News

Giant squid fans got a nice Christmas present, when one of the titans of the deep appeared in a Japanese harbor on Christmas Eve. Better still for those on hand, it hung around to let itself be recorded in some amazing footage, CNN reports.

The rarely seen aquatic behemoth paid a visit to Japan's Toyama Bay, swimming near the surface among the harbor's boats, and giving onlookers a thrill.

One of those watching the squid was a dive shop owner who leaped into the water to trail the creature. The footage above was caught by a submersible camera.

"This squid was not damaged and looked lively, spurting ink and trying to entangle his tentacles around me," the diver told CNN.

The animal stayed in the harbor for a few hours, before the diver guided it back out to the ocean. It's likely a juvenile, as it was on the small side for the species, at about 12 feet long (adults can reach some 30 to 40 feet long).

Experts told the network that it was rare to see giant squid -- normally denizens of the deepest seas -- swimming so close inland among boat moors. There was no immediately clear reason why this one had done so.

via CNN

This article originally appeared on Discovery News

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