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Fishermen see giant squid as 'omen' in Japan


Posted on Monday, 3 March, 2014 | Comment icon 12 comments

Several giant squid have been fished up already this year. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Dan Century
A rise in giant squid numbers along the Japanese coast has left fisherman feeling a bit nervous.
The discovery of a giant squid, one of the largest known sea creatures, is usually considered to be a rare occurrence, yet Japanese fisherman seem to be catching these denizens of the deep on a more and more frequent basis.

Back in January two of the creatures were caught within the space of four days, one near to the Himi fishing port and the other off Sado Island. Three more caught in the region were believed to measure at least four meters long while another fished up near the town of Iwami was believed to be almost double that size.

"When I hauled up the net, the squid slowly came floating up," said fisherman Shigenori Goto who found a four-meter squid caught up in his fishing nets off Sadogashima Island. "I had seen no giant squid before in my 15-year fishing career. I wonder whether it may be some kind of omen."

Experts believe that the squid may be more prevalent this year due to colder temperatures that are forcing the animals in to the shallows in search of warmer water.

Source: Independent | Comments (12)

Tags: Giant Squid, Japan

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #3 Posted by Hasina on 3 March, 2014, 16:45
Overfishing and pollution could be harming the abyssal zone, everything's gotta move down sometime, and those poor squids get all the trash, so why not rise up and take what the land lubbers have been taking?
Comment icon #4 Posted by moonshadow60 on 4 March, 2014, 13:20
Reminds me of the 1950s movies, monsters created because of nuclear waste. Attack of the Killer Tomatoes and such.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Cygnus05 on 4 March, 2014, 14:42
They're coming up to the surface to feast on the land denizens. I would like to see one up close and alive though.
Comment icon #6 Posted by freetoroam on 4 March, 2014, 15:43
Considering what the Japanese have just put into their waters lately, this does not surprise me. Bad omen? How do they think the squids felt?
Comment icon #7 Posted by YukiEsmaElite0 on 4 March, 2014, 18:47
Giant Squids. They should see it as good. You could eat/sell them, no? It seems to be more a profit than a bad omen.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Forever Cursed on 4 March, 2014, 18:50
ummmmmmm Calamari !!!
Comment icon #9 Posted by moonshadow60 on 5 March, 2014, 16:33
It has to be radioactive, though.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Erowin on 6 March, 2014, 3:20
Now that we're getting so many near the surface, let's take one alive and make a giant squid zoo!
Comment icon #11 Posted by Sundew on 6 March, 2014, 16:24
I think it's an omen there will be lots of squid sushi available. Now where is the wasabi?
Comment icon #12 Posted by eaglesareskykittens on 6 March, 2014, 17:54
Not sure I totally get the colder weather idea, would be dependent on upwelling/down welling and current system in the area I guess. Probably has something to do with fewer fish and more fishermen/nets in the water. But we barely no anything about the species except that you know they have giant eyeballs.


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