Giant squid alert!
Scientists have known about giant squids for years, but their deep ocean habitat makes them a very tough animal to study. One fisherman in Japan may have provided researchers with a ton of data.
The fisherman, identified as Shigenori Goto, pulled in a giant squid earlier this week in a fishing net. Goto says he was fishing for Yellowtails when he accidentally reeled in the mammoth invertebrate.
The squid was measured and analyzed by officials once Goto returned from his fishing trip. It weighed an incredible 350 pounds and measured out at over 13 feet long.
“When I hauled up the net, the squid slowly came floating up,” Goto said. “This is the first time I’ve seen such a large squid.”
As huge and bizarre as Goto’s catch is, the squid is less than half the size that giant squids can grow to. Male giant squids can grow to 33 feet long while females can reach up to 43 feet in length. The maximum weight for the squids is believed to be around 610 pounds. The animals are preyed on by Sperm Whales. Many skin samples from the whales show scars from the squids’ suckers, bearing witness to underwater clashes between two gigantic animals.
News organizations captured Goto’s squid on film. Yes, the animal looks just as bizarre as you think it would. Check it out: