Friday, March 31, 2017
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Was the kraken ever a real creature ?


Posted on Monday, 4 November, 2013 | Comment icon 18 comments

The kraken was said to drag ships in to the depths. Image Credit: Mary Evans Picture Library/Alamy
Some researchers believe that there is enough evidence to suggest that the kraken actually existed.
The most infamous of all deep sea monsters, the legendary kraken has been the subject of folklore, mythology and science fiction for centuries. Often depicted as a humongous squid-like creature, the beast was said to have devoured ships and consumed many an unwary sailor to satiate its appetite.

Stories of the kraken may not be entirely restricted to the realm of fiction however as recent research has revealed tantalizing evidence that this behemoth of the deep may have actually been a real creature, albeit a prehistoric one.

Palaeontologist Mark McMenamin believes that he's found signs of a large octopus-like creature by analyzing the way in which the remains of 14-metre ichthyosaurs at Nevada's Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park are arranged.

According to McMenamin, the way the bones are organized is the same as the way modern-day octopus species tend to arrange and fiddle with bones. He also believes the remains were found in a much deeper part of the ocean, an environment in which large cephalopods are likely to be found.

His most convincing piece of evidence however is a rock that is believed to be a fossilized segment of a giant octopus' beak. Comparisons between the prehistoric beak and that of a modern day Humboldt squid have revealed striking similarities.

"I suppose the kraken argument is a possibility, but one of many, and a highly unusual one," said palaeontologist Spencer Lucas. "What we need here is a more rigorous analysis that excludes the many alternatives to the kraken idea."

Source: ABC News | Comments (18)

Tags: Kraken


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #9 Posted by Sundew on 4 November, 2013, 14:23
The so called "St. Augustine Monster" (see Wikipedia) could have been a good candidate, the remains of which were originally thought to be a 100' long unknown octopus species that washed ashore in Florida. Unfortunately for cryptozoologists it turned out to be a huge mass of whale blubber. "Release the blubber!" just doesn't have the same ring to it.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Sundew on 4 November, 2013, 14:28
I can see it now: Kraken: The Body Found faux doc brought to you Discovery/Animal Planet. I guess real animals and their lives are just too boring now for Animal Planet. They recently did a "mockumentary" on Megaladon supposedly still roaming our oceans, but as we all know it died out when it ate the last of its principal food source: mermaids.
Comment icon #11 Posted by TheGreatBeliever on 4 November, 2013, 15:39
Tot they already found out it was the giant squid?
Comment icon #12 Posted by LimeGelatin on 4 November, 2013, 16:25
I wouldn't doubt it...
Comment icon #13 Posted by HecticSherlock on 4 November, 2013, 18:51
Kraken = I wish.. I'd make it mah pet! Then send everyone to Davy Jone's Locker!!
Comment icon #14 Posted by gtimeh on 4 November, 2013, 23:24
The Kraken was around during the greek mythology time period and killed by Percius's hand, if I remember correctly.
Comment icon #15 Posted by BaneSilvermoon on 5 November, 2013, 5:23
I'm sure there was something similar to the Kraken legends around 50 million years ago. Cephalopods leave little behind to fill in the fossil record. It's amazing enough that we find the few skeletons of vertabrates that we do, let alone a soft bodied animal. To the article though. This was posted on here years ago. I guess the possible beak makes it news again?
Comment icon #16 Posted by Chooky88 on 6 November, 2013, 9:09
Would the squids quill get fossilised?
Comment icon #17 Posted by Big Dada on 1 January, 2014, 15:58
This is a nice succinct history of Sea Monsters: And a cryptozoologist describes the Kraken:
Comment icon #18 Posted by SkeptcByMindBelievrByHeart on 19 February, 2014, 13:04
the kracken is so real, as real as the story of bootstrap's bootstrap


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
James Webb telescope to undergo testing
3-30-2017
The successor to the Hubble Space Telescope is set to be placed inside a huge thermal vacuum chamber.
Tyrannosaurs used 'sixth sense' to hunt prey
3-30-2017
The giant two-legged carnivores of the Cretaceous had more than just big teeth and jaws in their arsenal.
'Miraculous' find of rare tigers in Thailand
3-30-2017
Scientists have confirmed the discovery of ten ultra-rare Indochinese tigers in Thailand's eastern jungle.
Man eats pancakes in the middle of the road
3-29-2017
A prankster was charged this week after being filmed tucking in to pancakes at a busy intersection.
Featured book
 
By Guy Lyon Playfair
A look at the story of Peggy Hodgson and her four children who, between 1977 and 1979, were at the center of one of the most terrifying poltergeist cases ever documented.
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
Man climbs stairs on his head
Posted 3-30-2017 | 4 comments
China's Li Longlong breaks a world record by climbing up a staircase standing on his head.
 
Bird of paradise courtship spectacle
Posted 3-29-2017 | 0 comments
A look at the extreme lengths birds of paradise go to in order to attract a mate.
 
Mythical monsters
Posted 3-28-2017 | 1 comment
Jeremy Wade investigates the stories behind some of the world's best known monster myths.
 
6ft rockets in slow motion
Posted 3-27-2017 | 0 comments
The Slo Mo Guys use their high-speed camera to record some rocket launches.
 
Most watched animal on YouTube
Posted 3-26-2017 | 2 comments
Maru the cat has accumulated more views than any other animal on the video sharing site.
 
 View: More videos
Stories & Experiences
Am I going crazy ?
3-30-2017 | South Africa
 
 
Sleep paralysis or my father ?
3-30-2017 | Los Angeles
 
My nightly occurrences
2-28-2017 | Manchester, UK
 
Saved by a stranger
2-7-2017 | Green River Wyoming
 
Spooky sense
2-4-2017 | India
 
Ghost car
2-4-2017 | Chicago, IL, USA
 
Mysterious powder
2-4-2017 | USA, North Carolina
 
Puerto Rico UFO sighting
2-4-2017 | Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico
 
Phantom vehicle
1-6-2017 | Ramer, United States
 

         More stories | Send us your story
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ