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'Kraken' satellite photo goes viral online

By T.K. Randall
June 20, 2016 · Comment icon 23 comments

Is this a picture of a sea monster or is there a more mundane explanation ? Image Credit: Google Earth
A photograph showing what some claim to be a gigantic sea creature has been circulating the Internet.
The photograph, which originated on satellite mapping service Google Earth, shows what looks like a large 75ft squid-like creature off the coast of Deception Island near Antarctica.

Hailed as evidence of the legendary Kraken of Norse mythology, the image soon went viral and has since ended up being featured on dozens of tabloids and news sites across the world.

But does the image really show a gigantic sea creature or is there something else going on ?
According to Andrew David Thaler of Southern Fried Science, what the image actually shows is Sail Rock - a well-documented outcropping of stone which protrudes 100ft above the surface of the sea.

Sure enough, the co-ordinates do match and a photograph of the rock from sea level reveals that it actually does look like it could be mistaken for an octopus-like creature when viewed from above.

You can check the location out for yourself by visiting 63° 2’56.73″S 60°57’32.38″W on Google.

Source: Southern Fried Science | Comments (23)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #14 Posted by Sir Wearer of Hats 7 years ago
Cthulu isn't in the Arctic, you're thinking of a Shoggoth.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Podo 7 years ago
He could be taking a walk.
Comment icon #16 Posted by beelzebufo 7 years ago
Cthulhu goes wherever it pleases. As long as there are no boats around.
Comment icon #17 Posted by DieChecker 7 years ago
Well it is just off the coast of Deception Island after all. I'd agree with the Sail Rock theory at this point. Honestly the pic didn't look like a kraken to me, so much as a breaching whale.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Marcelina 7 years ago
Yes, I too will agree with the Sail Rock theory. It doesn't look like a Kraken to me that much.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Skeptri 7 years ago
Near Deception island What a deception
Comment icon #20 Posted by MalonskiJr 7 years ago
I belong on that island 
Comment icon #21 Posted by SSilhouette 7 years ago
Looks like a large whale breaching with what's behind it merely the wake of the water as it was thrashing around?
Comment icon #22 Posted by oldrover 7 years ago
No, it's definitely Sail Rock. Aside from the matching coordinates, the final test is that if that object isn't Sail Rock, then it's disappeared.  
Comment icon #23 Posted by UltimoRudo 7 years ago
'You get dyin' or you get Kraken...'

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