The giant squid was caught alive earlier this week off the western coast of japan but died before reaching shore Tuesday. Fishermen say the sea animal was found nearly eight-hundred feet underwater. It was missing both its longest tentacles .had both been intact, the squid would have measured in closer to twenty-six feet long.
The two hundred and twenty pound squid is going to be preserved for research purposes.
Researcher's say giant squids are rarely caught during trawl fishing but this case follows a series of reports of giant squids found near Japan's coastline