Giant Squid Japan

It’s not everyday that divers get to see a giant squid, much less one up close, but that’s exactly what this research team saw this past week. “Giant squid was caught the camera a valuable figure that swim among the sea. The 24th morning in the boat mooring field in the Toyama Prefecture, the fishing that the swimming is a living giant squid people had was found. Length of the giant squid is about 4m, girth is about 1m, the part of the head it is that was swimming quietly towards the seabed,” according to ANN News Japan [translated]. Continue reading for another video and more information. Click here for more images of giant squid.

Giant squid can grow to a tremendous size due to deep-sea gigantism: recent estimates put the maximum size at 43-feet for females and 33-feet for males from the posterior fins to the tip of the two long tentacles (second only to the colossal squid at an estimated 46-feet, one of the largest living organisms). Claims of specimens measuring 66-feet or more have not been scientifically documented.