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Extremely Rare And Terrifying Giant Squid Filmed By Daring Diver

The squid was "trying to entangle his tentacles around me," the diver told CNN.

Posted on December 28, 2015, at 11:37 p.m. ET

In Japan's Toyoma Bay a rare giant squid was filmed swimming in the water on Christmas Eve.

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The red-and-white squid was filmed by Diving Shop Kaiyu owner Akinobu Kimura.

"My curiosity was way bigger than fear, so I jumped into the water and go close to it," he told CNN.

He then swam with the animal as he helped guide it back to the deep ocean.

"This squid...looked lively, spurting ink and trying to entangle his tentacles around me," Kimura said.

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The squid was 12 feet long, which is about the length of a Mini Cooper.

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As big as that is, it is just a baby giant squid — the creatures are known to grow to as long as 43 feet, or about the length of a bus.

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For hundreds of years, the squid was so rarely seen that it was considered a myth.

The species is said to have inspired the Kraken sea monster, a northern European legend that was popularized in a poem by Alfred Tennyson.In 2004, a giant squid was photographed swimming in the ocean for the first time and then in 2012 another one was finally captured on video.
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The species is said to have inspired the Kraken sea monster, a northern European legend that was popularized in a poem by Alfred Tennyson.

In 2004, a giant squid was photographed swimming in the ocean for the first time and then in 2012 another one was finally captured on video.

Watch footage from the Christmas Eve spotting here:

View this video on YouTube

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