As Taylor explained in his Instagram post and the comments below, he and the two friends he was paddle boarding with in Melkbosstrand -- about 22 miles from nearby Cape Town -- came across the injured squid from "just behind the waves." The squid had been wounded by an encounter with another predator and wasn't likely to live long. Commenters on Instagram expressed indignation that the video depicts Taylor hoisting the creature with a length of rope before it wraps its tentacles around his paddle board.
"Unfortunately it was very badly injured," Taylor explained. "Had lost a couple of tentacles and had some bite marks on the upper part of its body so it didn't make it. It was already very week [sic] when we caught it."
According to Taylor, the friends "wanted to try get it to the beach for research purposes before it got more damaged by seals in the area."