Fishermen haul in rare giant squid

It's a video that has to be seen to be believed.

Japan is well-known for its giant monsters in popular culture, but some fishermen may have found the real deal when they came across this enormous squid.

This one, found off the coast of Sadogashima, came in at 12 feet and weighed 150kg, the Japan Times reported.

The squid died shortly after it was hauled to the surface by nets.

Most giant squids are believed to live deep down in the ocean. The creature is now being studied at the Fisheries Ocean Research Institute in Niigata Prefecture.

It's an incredibly rare capture, and comes off the back of a squid hoax just last week.

That one was supposedly a 160 feet monster - the by-product of the Fukushima nuclear reactor meltdown from 2011.

The image turned out to be a Photoshop fake, but that didn't stop some from believing the tall tale.

The Photoshopped image of a giant squid supposedly super-sized by the Fukushima disaster. Photo: Supplied
The Photoshopped image of a giant squid supposedly super-sized by the Fukushima disaster. Photo: Supplied
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