Well, This Giant Squid Video Should Scare the Crap out of You

This giant squid apparently thinks it's like, a regular size squid, because it was seen floating around Toyama Bay in Japan, far from its home in the ocean deep.

This beast made its appearance on Christmas Eve and just started swimming under fishing boats close to the surface. Typically, giant squids only hang out in the depths, but this guy apparently likes to get a little sun. Or maybe he likes life behind the camera, because he was promptly caught on video. 

Akinobu Kimura, owner of a diving shop, captured the video, and told CNN, "This squid was not damaged and looked lively, spurting ink and trying to entangle his tentacles around me. I guided the squid toward to the ocean, several hundred meters from the area it was found in, and it disappeared into the deep sea."

The squid was relatively small, measuring about 12 feet. That may seem pretty big, but it's tiny for a species that can get up to 43 feet in length. Apparently, it's not the first time a squid has come near the surface of the bay, as 16 were trapped in fishing nets last year between November and March. Still, it's extremely rare to actually catch one on camera. 

Without further ado, "Release the Kraken!"

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Kara King is a News Writer at Thrillist and loves a good Kraken. Send news tips to and follow her at @karatillie.

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