Ultra-rare live giant squid washes ashore in Japan

An ultra-rare giant squid, measuring about 9.8ft, washed up at a beach in Japan. The squid was found stranded at Ugu beach in Obama of Fukui Prefecture on Wednesday.

The squid was found alive and has been described as a rare sighting as the creature lives in the deep sea away from sunlight. “It is unusual for a giant squid to be washed ashore alive,” an official told Japanese newspaper Mainichi. It weighs an estimated 80 kg.

In a video that has been shared on social media, the squid could be seen swimming in shallow waters as the authorities take its measurements. It has now been sent to an aquarium in the prefectural city of Sakai where they will conduct a full examination of the species.

On average, giant squids measure about 13 metres and weigh about half a tonne. That’s equivalent to the size of a school bus. The biggest specimen ever recorded was about 18m and weighed a tonne. These can even grow up to 43 feet long and are a shy creature.

This is not the first time that a giant squid was spotted along a beach. In 2020, a giant squid washed up on the shores of Britannia Bay, South Africa.