Noto is known for its squid fishing, so town leaders decided a huge statue of the cephalopod could cook up interest from tourists.
“The old maps often showed serpents at the edge, with the warning ‘here be monsters.’ However, the ‘monsters’ are here, in our own backyard.”
"It looked like it could easily bite off a hand."
But a squid expert says he might have solved the mystery.
The massive cephalopod tried to steal their catch.