Two divers had a direct encounter with a rare giant squid (Architeuthis spp.) on January 6th. The couple swam alongside the animal and captured unique footage off the coast of Japan.
Yosuke Tanaka and his wife Mikki were alerted to the rare animal’s presence by a boatman they knew, according to his blog Takeno Diving. The opportunity to see the squid was not missed by the couple who managed to live the unforgettable experience.
The two, who are diving instructors in the city of Toyooka, told the Newsweek website about encountering the nearly 10footlong animal: “It’s very rare to see them alive. I was scared because they were very thick arms if I got caught I wouldn’t be able to escape.”
Kubodera Tsunemi, a researcher at the National Science Museum, told NHK broadcaster that the squid the couple saw must be about a year or two old.
According to the expert, a giant female squid can grow up to 12 m in length. Being a very elusive animal, it is rarely found alive, so what little is known about this species comes from found cadavers.
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