A 13 feet long giant squid was spotted swimming under fishing boats and close to the surface of Toyama bay on December 25. The giant squid is a rare and elusive creature that prefers to dwell in the deep ocean, said experts.
The fishermen who made the rare sighting said the creature hung around the bay for several hours. It was later guided back to the ocean by the owner of a local Diving Shop.
The fishermen said they first spotted the invertebrate wondering around the boats in the Japanese port. Akinobu Kimura, a diver and owner of Kaiyu, a local diving shop, later led it back into deeper sea.
Kimura said he was more curious than afraid, as soon as he saw the squid he jumped into the water. He said he approached the creature and helped it go back to the ocean.
In an interview with CNN, Kimura said, “This squid was not damaged and looked lively, spurting ink and trying to entangle his tentacles around me […] I guided squid toward to ocean, several hundred meters from the area it was found in, and it disappeared into sea”.
He said the suckers of the squid were so strong that he had even felt some pain while he was escorting the sea creature back to the ocean. He said that although he was trying to let the creature escape from the port, it had wrapped around his body and clung to his arm.