Sea Monsters: They’re Real, And They’re Spectacular

This might be the greatest story I’ve read in my life:

A giant squid, rarely seen outside of deep waters, has been filmed swimming near a pier in central Japan. The 3.7-metre-long squid was spotted swimming under fishing boats at Toyama Bay on Christmas Eve. It reportedly lingered around the moorings for several hours and was captured on video using a submersible camera. It is not known why the squid ventured so close to shore, but local dive shop owner Akinobu Kimura, who joined the squid in the water to guide it back out to sea, told CNN it seemed “lively”.

Giant squid are, and I’m using this adjective correctly and without affectation or irony, awesome. So beautiful. I love weird animals.

Author: Stephen Whitworth

Prairie Dog editor Stephen Whitworth was carried to Regina in a swarm of bees. He's been with Prairie Dog since May 1999 and will die at his keyboard before admitting his career a terrible, terrible mistake.

5 thoughts on “Sea Monsters: They’re Real, And They’re Spectacular”

  1. I think the natural reaction of most people when confronted with something amazing is wonder. Fear is mostly taught.

  2. No, I mean kill it to chop it up and sell, like with everything else that swims anywhere close to Japan.

  3. Japan does have that reputation. Giant squid are inedible though. They’re full of ammonia.

  4. A big, yet calm squid around the filming diver.
    At roughly 10 ft long, it must be a growing teenage squid.
    Not a predatory adult.
    Imagine if it was a giant Humboldt squid.
    Very nasty & dangerous.

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