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Giant squid caught: Bizarre squid a real monster, animal died soon after capture

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A giant squid caught off the waters of Japan this week has the world buzzing at this bizarre creature, with some photos of the alien-like squid making it look like a real monster of the deep. Known as a legendary sea swimmer and something that is uncommonly captured by humans, the netting was a major ordeal, though the animal died soon after it was brought to the surface. The Huffington Post shares the latest on this unique find this Monday, Jan. 13, 2014.

The giant squid caught near Sadogashima Island in the Niigata Prefecture of Japan earlier this month is true to its name, weighing over 350 pounds and being just under 14 feet long. The strange-looking cephalopod is a new sight to many humans’ eyes, and new photos and video of the squid before, during, and after its big capture reveal its massive size and deep-sea looks.

Possessing no less than eight arms covered in suckers, a slippery form, and giant eyes, it is little surprise that this bizarre squid has been the inspiration for nightmares of many a seafarer for decades upon decades. The man who made the huge catch, Shigenori Gato, claims that he saw the giant squid early in the morning late last week. It was said to be alive when he caught it, but died shortly after being brought to the surface.

“When I hauled up the net, the squid slowly came floating up,” Goto said, according to sources from the Daily Press. “This is the first time I’ve seen such a large squid.”

If the discovery indeed turns out to be a giant squid caught in such rare and fresh condition, it could mean very big things for biological researchers, particularly those wanting to learn more about the anatomy of these bizarre sea creatures.

Known far and wide as the biggest invertebrate on our entire planet, this monster at full maturity can weigh over 500 pounds and grow up to nearly 30 feet. These elusive creatures are hard to track in their natural habitats due to their reclusive nature and mysterious living patterns, but such a find means that Mr. Goto of Japan certainly had one highly unusual, if perhaps not altogether successful, day out on the water.