I was amazed to read this report of a visiting giant squid in Japan.
A giant squid that wandered into a Japanese port has been guided back out to sea almost a week after it was spotted, giving enthusiasts and experts a rare glimpse of the mysterious creature.
The massive invertebrate, 12ft in length, was discovered by fishermen on December 24 at a port in the city of Toyama on Japan's northwestern coast.
New footage has emerged showing the squid - known as "Heck" - swimming inside the port, taken by someone looking down from above the water.
The squid was later guided by a diver into deeper seas.
"Its suckers were so strong that I felt some pain," Akinobu Kimura, who runs a dive shop in Toyama, said on TV Asahi.
"Even though I was trying to let it escape (from the port), it wrapped around my body and clung to my arm."
There's more at the link.
Here's video of the diver helping the squid find its way out of the harbor. The animal makes its appearance at about the 35sec. mark.
Darned if I'd want to swim with a critter whose tentacles were longer than I was . . .