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Extremely Rare And Terrifying Giant Squid Filmed By Daring Diver

The squid was "trying to entangle his tentacles around me," the diver told CNN.

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In Japan's Toyoma Bay a rare giant squid was filmed swimming in the water on Christmas Eve.

The red-and-white squid was filmed by Diving Shop Kaiyu owner Akinobu Kimura.

"My curiosity was way bigger than fear, so I jumped into the water and go close to it," he told CNN.

He then swam with the animal as he helped guide it back to the deep ocean.

"This squid...looked lively, spurting ink and trying to entangle his tentacles around me," Kimura said.

For hundreds of years, the squid was so rarely seen that it was considered a myth.

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The species is said to have inspired the Kraken sea monster, a northern European legend that was popularized in a poem by Alfred Tennyson.

In 2004, a giant squid was photographed swimming in the ocean for the first time and then in 2012 another one was finally captured on video.

Watch footage from the Christmas Eve spotting here:

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Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a reporter and night editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Hawaii.

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