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Giant squid spotted in Japanese harbor

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JAPAN (CBS 8) - Very rarely does anyone get the chance to see a giant squid alive, especially in coastal waters. However, some lucky spectators were treated to a rare sighting of one of these creatures in Japan's Toyama Bay on Christmas Eve. 

The giant squid was spotted swimming near boats, close to the surface where it swam around for a few hours before heading back to open water. 

CNN reports that the video was captured by an adventurous diver using an underwater camera

"My curiosity was way bigger than fear, so I jumped into the water and go close to it," Akinobu Kimura told CNN. "This squid was not damaged and looked lively, spurting ink and trying to entangle his tentacles around me. I guided the squid toward to the ocean, several hundred meters from the area it was found in, and it disappeared into the deep sea."

Though the squid looks massive, it's estimated to be around 12 feet in length and is likely young in age. Giant squid are estimated to grow as large as 43 feet and typically live in deep waters. It isn't clear why this particular squid swam into the shallow bay. 

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