Christmas 2015 Live Giant Squid Video

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  1. tonmo

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    If I understand Google Translate correctly, were they going to allow it to escape?
    It would be wonderful for one of these encounters to end with the Archie alive!
    Best Ariel Segal
     
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    Narration translation (of the original video) offered by Hiraku Takeoka:
    On the morning of December 24, an angler found a living giant squid swimming at moorings in Toyama. It was four meters in length, one meter in girth, swimming quietly with its head toward the sea bottom.
    Kimura Nobuaki (the angler) said: "It had strong suckers, and I felt pain when it stuck to me. While I was trying to let it escape from the harbor, it twined around my body and clung to my arms…"
    A giant squid usually lives in the deep sea, but apparently it strayed from Toyama Bay.
     
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    OMG that guy got to hug a giant squid! :shock:
     
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    A LIVE giant squid :grin: albeit the skin looks tattered and given its location and lack of interest, one would suspect it is on its last arms.
     
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    More footage has emerged. More from the quayside and another from an on-the-scene news team.





     
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    Excellent - thanks for sharing @Phil!
     
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    Thanks for sharing @Phil, we've missed you. Still so jealous of the diver that got to interact with a living giant squid.
     
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    I have only two things to say about this:

    1. This is freaking fantastic!
    2. The dude who jumped in the water with it is certifiably nuts. (But then again, he can legitimately claim to be the first person to ever swim with a giant squid--and live. So. . . bragging rights, I guess.)
     
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    I have wondered if I would even have considered jumping in with the squid, even seeing that it was not in great shape. Self answer, NO, not after seeing so many Jumbo squid videos!
     
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    A little footage here not contained in the above videos. The quality isn't so great in the first one, but what the heck!



    And a seventh video (who would have thought...)



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    @Phil No 8 is from 2014 so not same sighting but the rest seem to be (seventh is dated on the 23rd but may just have been the first one posted)
     
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    Whoops, sorry about that. I made a mistake whilst copy and pasting the links last night. I will delete it to avoid confusion.
     
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    In a debate with a friend, he says it's an Onykias and I am fairly certain it's an Archi. Thoughts?
     
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    I would have jumped in...
     
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    Onykia robusta has smaller arms and much larger fins. Based on those criteria alone, this squid can't be O. robusta. I see no reason to doubt that the Toyama Bay squid is what it appears to be.
     
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