While it is unusual for a giant squid to be seen near the Pacific Coast, a rare giant one was caught in the Tokyo Bay early last month. Classified as Architeuthis, a number of these species have been seen along the coast of the Sea of Japan earlier this year, according to officials from a local aquarium.
The giant squid weighed 24 kilograms (53 pounds) and was 3.6 meters (11.8 feet) in length. Giant squids are among the largest invertebrates in the world and are very difficult to catch and be brought to the surface, as these creatures inhabit the deepest part of the sea. Miura’s Keikyu Aburatsubo Marine Park Aquarium examined the giant squid after a local fisherman spotted it floating off Yokosuka in the prefecture of Kanagawa on March 12. It was captured alive by the fisherman but expired several hours after. The marine park plans to display the specimen, whose two longest tentacles remain attached, after further analysis has been made. They believe that the discovery of the squid will bring essential data to the fishing industry.
This is not the first time giant squids have been captured in Japan. In May 1968, a 6-meter giant squid had been found in Tokyo Bay off Miura in Kanagawa. Earlier this year, a local fisherman netted a 4-meter long giant squid off Sadogashima Island in Niigata Prefecture.