It is an extremely rare encounter that two divers were able to immortalize. They actually managed to capture images of a 2.5m long giant squid swimming off the west coast of the Japanese archipelago and describes the experience as “exciting”.
Yosuke Tanaka and his wife Miki, diving instructors in Toyooka, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, were tipped off by a fishing tackle salesman who spotted the giant squid near the surface in a bay. So they set out in a boat to meet him near a rocky shore.
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In poor health ?
“There it was, a giant squid,” said Yosuke Tanaka. “It didn’t have the nimble movements of many fish and sea creatures,” he added. “Its tentacles and fins moved very slowly.” The squid looked weak and scraps of skin appeared to be peeling off its body, the diver observed.
The animal’s size and huge eyes were striking, and Yosuke Tanaka says he imagined how strong a squid must have been to attack a whale. “I could see its tentacles moving. I thought it would be dangerous to get caught and carried away by this creature,” he added.
Very rare to see them at sea
Giant squid are known to swim in the waters near Japan and sometimes wash up on its shores, but it’s very rare to see them swimming in the sea.” “It was exciting. I think there are few things rarer than this show,” the Japanese commented. “I’ve heard that not much is known about this creature. I would be happy if it helps us learn more.”