Giant squid surfaces in Japanese harbor

This Christmas Eve, spectators at Toyama Bay in central Japan were treated to a rare sighting of a giant squid.

The mysterious creature spent a few hours swimming around the bay and under boats before disappearing again into the deep.

Luckily, a local dive shop owner jumped in and got some footage up close of the squid.

Akinobu Kimura, owner of Kaiyu Dive Shop, told CNN the real life sea monster tried to entangle him.

“This squid was not damaged and looked lively, spurting ink and trying to entangle his tentacles around me,” Kimura told CNN. “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.”

He said the creature didn’t scare him.

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

Giant squid

A dive shop owner captured amazing footage of the rare giant squid.

This was the first sighting of the squid this season, which runs from November to March.

The bay is known for having firefly squids, which are much smaller than the giant squid.

Giant squids can reach up to 43 feet long and usually stick to deeper water.

For years they were considered myths and were only recently filmed for the first time.

The first adult was filmed in its natural habitat in 2012.

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