Published On: Tue, Dec 29th, 2015

Rare Sighting Of Giant Squid In Japanese Bay

A giant squid that strayed from its normal habitat set onlookers abuzz when it swam near boats in a Japanese harbor. 

Video shows the elusive sea creature, believed to be a juvenile that hasn’t reached full size, spent several hours close to the surface of Toyama Bay along the country’s west coast on Christmas Eve. 

This particular bright red and white squid, captured in the above video footage, was about 12.1 feet long, whereas female adults, which are larger than males, reach roughly 40 feet. 

It’s extremely rare to spot the deep sea creature, also known by its scientific name of architeuthis. They normally prowl waters at least hundreds of feet below the ocean’s surface. It’s unclear why this particular animal journeyed into the bay.

Though they’ve been the subject of lore for centuries, it was only in 2004 that scientists captured the first images of a giant squid in its natural habitat. It’s more common to find carcasses of the animal washed ashore. 

Also on HuffPost:



— This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.

Weird News – The Huffington Post

About the Author


Leave a comment

XHTML: You can use these html tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>


Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Get our latest downloads and information first. Complete the form below to subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

Your Name (required)
Your Email (required)

I would like to hear from selected 3rd party offers
Answer this?