What would you do if you spotted a real-life sea monster? When a giant Architeuthis squid was spotted swimming under fishing boats in Toyama Bay, Japan, on Christmas Eve, driver Akinobu Kimura jumped in the water to get a closer look.
“My curiosity was way bigger than fear, so I jumped into the water and go close to it,” Kimura told CNN. “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.”
A submersible camera captured footage of the jumbo squid in action and more exciting footage shows Kimura, who is also the owner of a diving shop, swimming with the giant squid.
Believe it or not, this squid is not even a full grown specimen. In fact, according to CNN, it might be a juvenile, measuring at around an estimated 3.7 meters (12.1 feet) long. Maximum sizes for adult squids measure around 13 m (43 ft) for females and 10 m (33 ft) for males.
“It was the first time that we saw a live giant squid here, where water depth is only about 2.5 to 3 meters,” Mizuhashi Fisherina marine manager Tatsuya Wakasugi told The Wall Street Journal.
It still remains uncertain why the giant squid wandered into the marina in the first place.