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Giant Squid Caught in Japan: 350 Pounds, 13 Feet Long (Video)

Tuesday, 14 Jan 2014 06:55 AM

By Michael Mullins

A giant squid caught by a Japanese fisherman last week weighed 350 pounds and had a length of 13 feet.

A fisherman, named Goto, caught the giant squid while fishing for yellowtails off Japan's Sadogashima Island in Niigata Prefecture, GrindTV.com reported.

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The squid (in video below) reportedly died shortly after it was taken out of the net.

"When I hauled up the net, the squid slowly came floating up," Goto told the Japan Daily Press. "This is the first time I’ve seen such a large squid."

As large as Goto's squid was, the eight-armed deep sea creature known for its large eyes and many tentacles can grow to twice that size. Giant squids are considered to be the largest invertebrate on Earth, the Huffington Post noted.

In October 2013, a 30-foot, 400-pound giant squid washed ashore in Spain on La Arena beach.

The massive creature was subsequently taken to the Maritime Museum of Cantabria, according to LiveScience.com.

Last January, two boats of fishermen hooked an estimated 800 jumbo squid in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Orange County in Southern California in just 45 minutes. The next night, 16 fishermen caught 340 of the squid during a storm off Newport Beach.

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The giant squid is not to be confused with the jumbo Humboldt squid, also known as diablo rojo (red devil), which is even larger. The jumbo Humboldt squid are large predatory squid that can reach up to 6 feet in length and weigh more than 100 pounds. Their most defining features are their parrot-like beaks and tooth-lined arms that can tear away flesh.

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