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Table 1 Summary of giant squids found along Japanese coasts of the Sea of Japan from January 2014 to March 2015

From: Extraordinary numbers of giant squid, Architeuthis dux, encountered in Japanese coastal waters of the Sea of Japan from January 2014 to March 2015

ID no. Date Pref. City Lat. (N) Long. (E) Situation Finding depth (m) C.G. Discovered by Reported by Remarks
A-1 2014/1/4 Toyama Off Himi-shi 36.54 137.04 Fixed net for Japanese amberjack <100 2 Fisherman Fuji News Network (1/4) Landing on the Himi fishing port
A-2 2014/1/8 Niigata 1 km off Shirose, Sado Is. 38.07 138.27 Fixed net 70 2 Fisherman M. Higuchia Video footage
A-3 2014/1/19 Niigata Arahama Beach, Kashiwazaki-shi 37.24 138.34 Stranded On beach 1 Neighborhood K. Minowab  
A-4 2014/1/20 Tottori 30 km off Tottori-shi 35.52 134.11 Bottom gillnets for flounder 236 3 Fisherman T. Wada  
A-5 2014/2/10 Niigata 2 km off Shirose, Sado Is. 38.08 138.30 Bottom gillnets for anglerfish <274 3 Fisherman M. Higuchia Examined by Higuchi and his co-worker
A-6 2014/2/13 Niigata Off Washizaki, Sado Is. 38.19 138.33 Fixed net <159 2   S. Abea  
A-7 2014/2/25 Hyogo Off Moroyori, Shinonsen-cho 35.38 134.25 Floating Surface 1 Fisherman T. Yamaguchic Landing on the Moroyori fishing port
A-8 2014/3/2 Niigata On the shore of Shiidomari, Sado Is. 38.08 138.29 Stranded On beach 1   S. Abea  
A-9 2014/3/4 Tottori On the rocky shore of Akasaki, Kotoura-cho 35.31 133.37 Stranded On beach 1   T. Wada  
A-10 2014/3/5 Hyogo Off Amarube, Kasumi-ku, Kami-cho 30.53 134.34 Bottom trawl for firefly squid <223 3 Fisherman T. Wada Displayed at the Kinosaki Marine World
A-11 2014/3/16 Niigata Benten-hama, Itoigawa-shi 37.04 137.56 Stranded On beach 1   M. Babad  
A-12 2014/3/24 Yamaguchi 30 km off Mishima, Hagi-shi 35.08 131.10 Bottom trawl <121 3 Fisherman T. Fujitae Displayed at the Shimane Aquarium
A-13 2014/3/26 Niigata Off Hayoshi, Sado Is. 38.07 138.26 Fixed net <206 2 Fisherman M. Higuchia Specimen of NSMT
A-14 2014/3/26 Niigata In the port of Ryotsu, Sado Is. 38.04 138.26 Floating Surface 1 Fisherman M. Higuchia Specimen of NSMT
A-15 2014/4/7 Toyama 1 km off Yokataminatomachi, Toyama-shi 36.46 137.15 Fixed net for firefly squid <100 2 Fisherman The Sankei Shimbun (4/7)  
A-16 2014/4/8 Toyama 1.5 km off Imizu-shi 36.48 137.07 Bottom trawl for Japanese glass shrimp <300 3 Fisherman The Sankei Shimbun (4/8) Landing on the Shin-minato fishing port
A-17 2014/4/9 Hyogo West of Peninsula Nekozaki, Toyooka-shi 35.40 134.45 Floating Surface 1 Angler T. Wada Kinosaki Marine World
A-18 2014/4/12 Shimane Off Aika-cho, Matsue-shi 35.30 132.54 Stranded On beach 1 Angler The Shikoku Shimbun (4/12)  
A-19 2014/4/12 Niigata Off Waki, Sadi Is. 38.09 138.29 Fixed net <200 2   M. Higuchia  
A-20 2014/4/13 Tottori At the mouth of Yoshida river, Makidani, Iwami-cho 35.35 134.2 Stranded On beach 1   T. Wada  
A-21 2014/4/18 Ishikawa 2 km off Ohtomari-machi, Nanao-shi 36.58 137.05 Fixed net for Japanese amberjack <94 2   The Hokkoku Shimbun (4/19) Displayed at the supermarket
A-22 2014/4/27 Ishikawa Off Furai port, Saikai, Sika-machi 37.07 136.39 Fixed net <57 2 Fisherman S. Ikeguchif Dissected at the Notojima Seaside Park
A-23 2014/5/6 Kyoto North off Kyotango-cho, Kyotango-shi 35.52 135.05 Bottom trawl <218 3 Fisherman Y. Uenog Discarded
A-24 2014/5/7 Niigata Off Awashima Is, Awashimaura-mura 38.26 139.17 Bottom trawl <79 3   Nigataken Suikaiken Dayori (No. 30)  
B-1 2014/9/4 Shimane Off Hamada-shi 35.02 131.39 Fixed net? 120 2 Fisherman T. Fujitae Exhibited at Shimane Aquarium
B-2 2014/10/22 Fukui 900 m off Komeno, Echizen-cho 35.53 135.58 Fixed net 65 2 Fisherman S. Sasaih Exhibited at Echizen Matsushima Aquarium for four days
B-3 2014/11/8 Niigata 1 km pff Waki, Sado Is. 38.09 138.29 Fixed net <200 2 Fisherman The Asahi Shimbun (11/11) Displayed at the Fish Festival
B-4 2014/11/20 Tottori East off Okinoshima 36.16 133.4 Purse seine 3 Fisherman K. Ichisawai Landing on the Sakai port
B-5 2014/11/24 Fukui Around Ongami-jima, Wakasa-cho 35.38 135.47 Fixed net? <60 2 Fisherman The Chunichi Shimbun (11/24) Examined and exhibited at Echizen Matsushima Aquarium
B-6 2014/11/24 Kyoto 1 km off Tangocho-taiza, Kyotango-shi 35.45 135.04 Floating at surface Surface 1 Angler Y. Uenog Left undisturbed
B-7 2014/11/27 Toyama 3.3 km off Yahatacho, Imizu-shi 36.49 137.07 Bottom trawl for glass shrimp 330 3 Fisherman The Chunichi Shimbun (11/27) Served in an event after hard-cured
B-8 2014/12/9 Hyogo Kirihama beach, Takenocho, Toyooka-shi 35.39 134.44 Stranded On beach 1 Local people T. Wadae Specimen of the Museum of Nature and Human Activities, Hyogo
B-9 2014/12/23 Kyoto Off Ineura, Ine-cho, Yozagun 35.38 135.17 Fixed net <60 2 Fisherman Y. Uenog Exhibited at the Kyoto Aquarium for two days
B-10 2014/12/24 Kyoto Honjyo beach, Ine-cho, Yozagun 35.43 135.16 Stranded On beach 1 Local people Y. Uenog Recovered by Kyoto Prefectural Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Technology Center
B-11 2014/12/28 Fukui 600 m off Tomari, Obama-shi 35.32 135.42 Fixed net <20 2 Fisherman Fukui Shimbun (12/28) Disposal in the ocean
B-12 2014/12/31 Toyama 2 km off Toyama-shi 36.47 137.13 Fixed net <100 2 Fisherman Fuji News Network (12/31) Video footage
B-13 2015/1/6 Tottori Oobaneo beach, Iwami-cho 35.36 134.2 Stranded On beach 1 Local people Y. Kiyosuef  
B-14 2015/1/13 Aomori South of Tsubakiyama, Henashi, Fukaura-machi 40.35 139.51 Stranded On beach 1 Fisherman E. Koganezakik Empty stomach
B-15 2015/1/15 Toyama 500 m off Iino, Nyuzen-cho 36.56 137.25 Fixed net for amberjack 50–60 2 Fisherman M. Kanbayashil  
B-16 2015/1/19 Toyama 2 km off Shinminato, Hachiman-machi, Imizu-shi 36.47 137.06 Fixed net 60 2 Fisherman The Toyama Shimbun (1/20) Exhibited at Michinoeki Shinminato
B-17 2015/1/19 Toyama 2 km off Yokata-fishing port, Toyama-shi 36.46 137.11 Fixed net 90 2 Fisherman Fuji News Network (1/19) Video footage
B-18 2015/1/22 Toyama 2 km off Iwase, Toyama-shi 36.47 137.14 Fixed net for amberjack 2 Fisherman The Kitanippon Shimbun (1/23) Caught with a school of Japanese common squid
B-19 2015/1/29 Toyama Off Shinminato, Hachiman-machi, Imizu-shi 36.47 137.07 Fixed net 2 Fisherman The Kitanippon Shimbun (1/30) Below individual was found nearby the fixed net on the same day
B-20 2015/1/29 Toyama Off Shinminato, Hachiman-machi, Imizu-shi 36.47 137.07 Fixed net 2 Fisherman The Kitanippon Shimbun (1/30) Above individual was found nearby the fixed net on the same day
B-21 2015/2/3 Toyama 2 km off Yokata-fishing port, Toyama-shi 36.46 137.11 Fixed net 78.4 2 Fisherman Fuji News Network (2/4) Video footage
B-22 2015/2/4 Toyama 1 km off Aoshima, Uozu-shi 36.5 137.23 Fixed net 2 Fisherman Toyama Television Broadcasting (2/4)  
B-23 2015/2/6 Ishikawa 500 m off Kodomari, Misakimachi, Suzu-shi 37.26 137.22 Fixed net 40 2 Fisherman The Hokkoku Shimbun (2/6) Was released
B-24 2015/2/7 Ishikawa 2 km off Iorimachi, Nanao-shi 37.02 137.04 Fixed net 2 Fisherman The Yomiuri Shimbun (2/8) Exhibited in Notojima Seaside Park
B-25 2015/2/7 Ishikawa 2 km off Shichimi, Noto-cho 37.15 137.07 Fixed net 2 Fisherman The Yomiuri Shimbun (2/8) Exhibited in Notojima Seaside Park
B-26 2015/2/16 Niigata 1.5 km off Shirouse, Sado Is. 38.07 138.28 Fixed net 2 Fisherman The Niigata Nippo (2/16) Exhibited at a local supermarket
B-27 2015/2/17 Fukui Gunkan rock, Gumizaki-cho, Fukui-shi 36.02 136 Stranded At rock reef 1 Local people S. Sasaih Dissected and discarded
B-28 2015/2/18 Yamaguchi Tsunoshima, Toyokita-cho, Shimonoseki-shi 34.21 130.51 Stranded At rock reef 1 Tourist The Yamaguchi Shimbun (2/19) Exhibited at the Shimonoseki Kaikyokan during a period of the summer holiday
B-29 2015/2/23 Toyama Ferry pier Koshinokata-machi, Imizushi 36.46 137.06 Floating 1 1 A harbor official Tulip-tv (2/23) Swam away
B-30 2015/3/1 Toyama 1–3 km off Namerikawa-shi 36.47 137.19 Fixed net for firefly squid 2 Fisherman Toyama Television Broadcasting (3/1) Disposal in the oceans
B-31 2015/3/1 Fukui Off Takasu, Hamaju-cho, Fukui-shi 36.07 Bottom trawl 200 3 Fisherman S. Sasaih  
B-32 2015/3/10 Niigata Osaki beach, Nishiyama-cho, Kashiwazaki-shi 37.29 138.38 Stranded On beach 1 Local people K. Minowab  
B-33 2015/3/26 Niigata Yoneyama beach, Kashiwazaki-shi 37.18 138.25 Stranded On beach 1 Local people M. Babad Swept out to sea
  1. C.G. Categorized group: 1 = washed ashore or floating; 2 = fixed net, shallow; 3 = bottom trawl, deep
  2. aNiigata Prefectural Fisheries and Marine Institute
  3. bKashiwazaki City Museum
  4. cNHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)
  5. dJoetsu Aquarium Museum
  6. eShimane Aquarium
  7. fNotojima Seaside Park
  8. gFisheries Technology Department; Kyoto Prefectural Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Technology Center
  9. hEchizen Matsushima Aquarium
  10. iTottori Prefectural Museum
  11. jMuseum of Nature and Human Activities, Hyogo
  12. kAjigasawa Fisheries Office
  13. lKitanihon Broadcasting