A beautiful yet horrific giant squid was captured on camera in Toyama Bay in Japan on Christmas Eve—and it looks straight out of a low-budget sci-fi movie. The giant squid was spotted swimming about the pier of the bay, prompting diver Akinobu Kimura to grab his camera and film the magnificent giant.


Kimura tells 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.”

This specific creature is thought to measure around 3.7 meters (12.1 feet) in length, which is considered to be a small, juvenile size for a giant squid. According to National Geographic, the giant squid is thought to be the largest invertebrate on earth. The largest recorded kraken-like creature was over 59 feet (18 meters) and weighed almost a ton (900 kilograms). Just imagine something as heavy as an average Asian Elephant and the size of a school bus floating around the ocean. Crazy.

squiiSo far, we don’t know a tremendous amount about these mysterious creatures, as their deep sea habitat has made them difficult to study. After all, we’ve only been able to look into about 5% of what lies beneath the ocean surface. But we do know that squid right there would make some serious calamari.

[via Mashable]