Monday, December 12, 2011

Creature of the Week - Kraken


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The Kraken is a giant sea creature in Norrish and northern Scandinavian legend. The Kraken is said to be an enormous octopus or squid-like creature, the size of a small island. Their arms are so long that they can wrap around a ship and drag it beneath the water. When the kraken submerges, it creates a powerful whirlpool that can suck down any ship that manages to avoid its grasp.
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Between the 17th and 18th centuries, people first started to believe the Kraken to be real. Sailors told many tales about the huge creatures. In 1782, ten British warship disappeared, some believed because of the Kraken but this was later disproven.
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 However, the Kraken is not a mythological creature as some once believed. In 1857, proof was found of the existence of the giant squid AKA the Kraken.

10 comments:

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Okay, no cruises for me.

Maybe that's the real truth behind the Titanic. Only no one who saw the Kraken lived to tell about it. LOL

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Giant squid are so fascinating! Although the only time people see one near the surface is when it's dead or dying.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Release the kraken!
Sorry, just always wanted to say that.

salarsenッ said...

Now here's a creature I actually knew something about. lol

Natalie Aguirre said...

So interesting what they discovered. It would have been an interesting time to believe in things like krakens.

roro said...

love these posts

Lydia Kang said...

I remember a picture of the Kraken from a book in my parent's study. Freaked me out then, and freaks me out now!

Vicki Rocho said...

Yeah, that thing can scare the crap out of ya!

katsrus said...

Very interesting Creature. That would of been scarey to be at sea and think there was such a thing.
Sue B

Joshua said...

I have a t-shirt that's called "Release the Cuddlin." I call it "Release the Cuddleken."