So... What would you do if a giant squid grabbed onto your paddleboard?

A dramatic moment off the shore of South Africa was caught on video and shared via Facebook:

According to Earth Touch News, the man wrangled the creature in hopes of providing a unique opportunity for researchers:

In this case, roping the animal to shore was not an attempt to save its life – Taylor suspected it was already a goner. "I wanted to try get it to the beach for research purposes before it got more damaged by seals in the area," he clarified on Facebook, noting that the squid was lethargic, missing several tentacles and covered with bite marks.