Spectators at Toyoma Bay in Central Japan witnessed the most elusive and rare animals of the deep blue waters; the giant squid. The creature swam under fishing boats and was close to the bay for several hours before being escorted back to the open water.
Akinobu Kimura, owner of Diving Shop Kaiyu dived into the water to capture a video on a subversive camera. He swam very close to the real life sea monster and also guided the giant towards the ocean.
“My curiosity was way bigger than fear, so I jumped into the water and go close to it,” he told CNN. He was further quoted in saying:
“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.”
According to BBC, the bay is known to spot a breed of luminous firefly squid and it’s very rare that a giant squid this big comes this close to the bay. The reason is still unknown.
This squid was reportedly 3.7 metre (12.1 foot) long. Surprisingly, this is quite small, as an adult squid can grow up to 43 feet.
Yuki Ikushi, the curator of Uozu Aquarium in Uozu, Toyama also told CNN that this is first sighting of the tentacle sea dweller of the season, which runs from November to March. Comparatively last season, there were 16 reports of Architeuthis squid spotting trapped by fishing nets.
“We might see more in this season, but it’s very rare for them to be found swimming around (the fishing boats’) moorings.”
A giant squid was not filmed alive until a team from Japan’s National Science Museum filmed one in 2013 as this CBS report says. This footage was later released by Discovery Channel.