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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)

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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


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