KRAKENWHO IS THE KRAKEN...?

DESCRIPTION

The Kraken is a giant, horrifying sea monster that looks similar to a giant squid. It is said that the Kraken could potentially be over a mile long, including its tentacles. The monster is believed to have many arms and resemble an island when it is at rest near the surface. The Kraken spends most of its time in the deep depths of the ocean but when it is near the surface fish gravitate towards the Kraken when it is not moving. This famous creature is known for being able to destroy entire ships by wrapping its large tentacles all the way around the ships and destroy them by pulling them into the sea.




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ORIGIN

The existence of the Kraken is still up for debate. No one knows whether there are one or many Kraken; the creatures gender and it's lifespan are also unknown. Some people believe that the Leviathan referred to in the Bible is actually linked to the Kraken. The sea monster mostly stayed in northern waters off the coasts of Norway and was greatly feared by the Norwegian people and also the people of Iceland. Many people wrote about the Kraken and most of the descriptions lined up with one another except for small variations in aspects such as size and color.

POEM

The following is a poem written in 1830 by Lord Alfred Tennyson about the Kraken that provides much insight on the creature:

Below the thunders of the upper deep;

Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea,

His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep

The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee

About his shadowy sides: above him swell

Huge sponges of millennial growth and height;

And far away into the sickly light,

From many a wondrous grot and secret cell

Unnumbered and enormous polypi

Winnow with giant arms the slumbering green.

There hath he lain for ages and will lie

Battening upon huge sea-worms in his sleep,

Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;

Then once by man and angels to be seen,

In roaring he shall rise and on the surface die.

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MODERN DEPICTIONS

The Kraken is featured in The Clash of The Titans (2010) and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest which was released in 2006. Click here to see the Kraken in action.
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BIBLIOGRAPHY

"Kraken: Mythical Realm, Kraken Greek Mythilogical Creatures of Legend and Folklore, Myth Beast Krakens Legends." Lady Gryphon's Mythical Realm: Beasts of Myth/Mythical Creatures & Arthurian Myth and Legend Creatures. Web. 04 May 2011. <http://www.mythicalrealm.com/creatures/kraken.html>.

"Kraken." Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Web. 04 May 2011. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kraken>.

"The UnMuseum - The Legendary Kraken." The Museum of UnNatural Mystery. Web. 04 May 2011. <http://www.unmuseum.org/kraken.htm>.

"Pirates of the Caribbean The Kraken Battle." YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. Youtube. Web. 04 May 2011. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hq8EGbz4Puw>.

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