Live giant squid are an incredibly rare sight. Generally, they are only seen when dead or dying specimens wash up on beaches. Yet, in recent years, scientists, naturalists, and filmmakers have managed to capture them in action in their natural environment. Interestingly, all of these live giant squids have been photographed and filmed around Japan, and the newest recording is no exception.
On December 24th, 2015 in Japan’s Toyama Prefecture, a live giant squid wandered into a boat mooring field. At 13 feet (4 meters) in length and 3 feet (1 meter) in girth, this squid is bigger than all of the live giant squids that have previously been documented.
Unfortunately, with skin flaking off its rusty red mantle and tentacles, the mysterious cephalopod appears to be dying. When deep sea creatures venture into shallow water, they are usually on their last legs or, in this case, tentacles.
Little else is clear about this squid, since the current reports are in Japanese, but this squid will probably not live much longer, if it hasn’t already died. Yet, while sad for the squid, these rare instances where deep sea creatures enter shallow water are always inspiring. When these animals come within our grasp, they remind us that sea monsters are real. Watch the full video of this amazing real-life sea monster below.