Giant squid aren’t too common of a sighting. You can bet that when one of these creatures from the deep surface, news of it would make waves — pun intended.
On Christmas Eve, a rare sighting of just such a creature swimming inside a Japanese marina was captured on video. The video was taken on the coast of the Sea of Japan. According to one manager at the Mizuhashi Fisherina in Toyama prefecture — roughly 250 kilometers northwest of Tokyo, a fisherman found a 12.1 foot (3.7-meter) giant squid swimming under some docked boats.
“It was the first time that we saw a live giant squid here, where water depth is only about 2.5 to 3 meters,” said Tatsuya Wakasugi, a manager at the marina.
As the National Museum of Nature and Science puts it, giant squids tend to live at a depth of about 2,100 to 2,900 feet. According to Wakasugi, there have been more than a dozen giant squid captured in the Toyama Bay since the beginning of this year. However, they were either dead or close to it when they happened to be caught in fishing nets.
“Whereas the ones caught in fishing nets are mostly dead and their colors have already turned white, the body of the giant squid swimming inside the marina was red,” he said.
The Christmas squid appeared to have some scratches on its head and it spent a few hours inside the marina. During its time at shore, the squid swam alongside divers. According to Wakasugi, it was then led out to the open ocean later that day.
As to the reason why the giant squid wandered to the marina is anyone’s guess. According to the Mizuashi Fisherina, the weather and water conditions were fair.
Luckily, before the giant squid returned to the open waters, Japan’s ANN news was able to get a glimpse of the creature on film. You can check out the video below.