This awesome mechanical wooden cephalopod was created back in 2007 by phenomenal French street theatre company Royal de Luxe. Called “Le Calmar Geant a Retropropulsion” (“The Giant Squid with Reverse Thrust”), the gorgeous squid was just one of an assortment of incredible creatures created for a project entitled Les Machines de l’le de Nantes.

Words cannot express how much we’d like to ride this squid.

Click here to watch video of the tentacular creature in action.

(Photos by Claude Joannis)

Head over to Laughing Squid to learn more about Les Machines de l’le de Nantes.