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Japanese fisherman hauls in rare giant squid

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 01:26

Jan. 14 - Japanese fisherman nets a 163 kg (360 lb) giant squid off the coast of northern Japan. Elly Park reports.

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You have to see it to believe it. A Japanese crew led by 44-year-old fisherman Shigenori Goto hauled in this giant squid, still alive when it was caught in the frigid waters of northern Japan. The mammoth squid, a male weighing 163 kilograms or 360 pounds, died shortly after being pulled to the surface. In a phone interview Goto describes the moment the rare creature was caught. SOUNDBITE: 44-Year-Old Fisherman on Sado Island, Shigenori Goto, saying (Japanese) "I'd never seen anything like it before. I was surprised, there's no other word for it. And then it was complete chaos on the boat - we all just started shouting 'giant squid, giant squid'." Experts say that the squid, which lost its super-long tentacles during the capture, was likely to have been around 8 meters or 26 feet in total from the top of its head to its tentacle tip. The largest ever caught measured some 18 meters or 60 feet. The mysterious giant squid makes occasional appearances near the Japanese archipelago. Last year a team of scientists made history when it released the first video footage of a living giant squid, taken nearly 1 kilometer beneath the surface.

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Japanese fisherman hauls in rare giant squid

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 01:26