An enormous squid that wandered into a Japanese port has been guided back out to sea a week after it was spotted. The massive invertebrate, four meters in length (13 feet) was discovered at a port in the city of Toyama.
After Japan's devastating 2011 tsunami, the receding waters pulled countless pieces of debris into the Pacific Ocean. That flotsam became "rafts" for endemic Japanese species on an unexpected 7,000-kilometer voyage.
They are the stuff of children's nightmares, legends and myths and there is still very little known about the colossal squid - except that it holds a very unusual world record.
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The Japanese navy destroyers Samidare and Ashigara have joined a US carrier strike group for drills in the western Pacific Ocean. North Korea said it was prepared to hit back if necessary.
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