Washington Post James Taylor is used to adventure. The 39-year-old South African extreme sports fanatic regularly posts videos of his feats on his Facebook page. But recently the married father of one had an adventure he didn’t necessarily ask for when he came across a giant squid while paddleboarding off the coast of Melkbosstrand, South Africa.
“It was quite badly injured and barely alive when I caught it,” he wrote on Facebook, where he posted the video last week. “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.”
While attempting to wrangle it with a rope, the giant squid, which can measure up to 33 feet in length, began wrapping its long tentacles around Taylor’s paddleboard. At one point, Taylor got knocked off, which under normal circumstances may have endangered his life.
When healthy, giant squids are dangerous beings, capable of catching and eating prey the size of small whales, according to National Geographic. They first use their tentacles, which feature both sharp rings and suction cups, to cage their prey before consuming it by breaking it apart with their sharp, parrot-like beaks.