- Squid is seen trying to feast on a large fish strapped to the side of the boat
- The sailors push it away with a long pole and cheer when they succeed
- Unclear as to whether the creature is a giant squid or a colossal squid
- Before swimming out of sight the squid displays its impressive tentacles and bulbous body
The giant squid has featured as one of man’s most awesome foes in popular culture since rumours of the existence of the fearsome creature first appeared in ancient Greek and Norse mythology. But with its mythical status it is easy to forget that the giant squid is a real animal that patrols the depths of the oceans as well as our imaginations. Now a video of a terrifyingly large giant squid has emerged – showing it trying to steal the haul of a team of Russian fishermen. In the video, the squid can be seen trying to feast on a large fish as it is being hauled out of the ocean onto a fishing vessel. The video shows the sailors trying to prod it with a long pole from the side of the boat to try to save their catch.
The squid, which is is at least five times as long as the fish it is trying to steal, is not easily dissuaded, and appears to have captured the fish several times in its huge beak, only to be pushed back by the frantic sailors. After the squid retreats, the sailors can be heard cheering at the spectacle of the gargantuan cephalopod – and at the the prospect of retaining their catch, which a few seconds earlier seemed lost to the monster of the deep.