James Taylor was paddleboarding with some friends off the coast of Melkbosstrand, South Africa, when something terrifying floundered up from the water and wrapped themselves around his board.
Creature from the Deep
Taylor estimated the creature to be nearly thirty-three feet in length. At one point, the creature flipped over his board and Taylor fell into the water. This could have been dangerous. But Taylor noticed the creature was missing something important, and its long body was covered in what appeared to be seal bite marks.
Taylor and his friends decided to catch the injured creature and bring it back to the beach. The creature was quite docile and they were able to lasso a rope around the giants body and drag it back to shore.
Out To Lunch
Taylor tried to call researches from a local aquarium but said they were on holiday and unavailable. He was left with a tough decision. “It was quite badly injured and barely alive when I caught it,” he wrote on Facebook, where he posted the video. “It didn’t even really try and get away, so we ended up putting it out of its misery when we got to the beach. It felt like the best thing to do at the time.”
The Elusive Giant Squid
In the name of science, Taylor and company dissected the creature and took detailed pictures which they later sent to researches who confirmed it indeed was a giant squid. The giant squid is the biggest invertebrate on earth and largely remains a mystery to scientists.