The Kraken

kraken –The Kraken of legend is probably what we know today as the giant squid.  A really big octopus might also fit the bill, but squids tend to be more aggressive and are more likely to come to the surface where they might be seen by man.  In days of yore when ocean-crossing vessels were small and primitive by today’s standards (Columbus’ Pinta was only 60 feet in length), a giant squid could conceivably attack a boat and capsize it.  In the 1930’s alone, giant squid reportedly attacked three ships, possibly mistaking them for whales.  The squids tended to get the worse of these encounters, with boat propellers making the big cephalopods into calamari.

Tales of huge, many-armed sea creatures exist from ancient times, figuring in Greek legends and stories from 12th century Norway.  Krakem have also made numerous appearances in fictional works and popular culture, including films, books, television, and video games…

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One Comment on “The Kraken”

  1. carycomic Says:

    I love how Ray Harryhausen used to mix and match mythologies in his stop-motion classics.


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