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Elusive giant squid found off coast of Japan

A 13-foot long giant squid - one of the world's most mysterious and elusive creatures - has been found in a fishing net in Japan.

A fisherman from Sadogashima island said he found the beast swimming in a fixed net about a kilometre from the coast at a depth of around 70 metres. It reportedly died after being brought to the surface.

Giant squid are rarely seen due to their deep-ocean dwelling, with the first image of a live adult being taken in 2002.

A recent reported sighting of a formidable giant squid in California proved to be a hoax.