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Release the Kraken! 2,000 Years of Tall Tales (and a Smattering of Truth)


Science & Tech  (tags: ancient, giant squid, discovery, research, scientists, interesting, humans, history )

Carrie
- 745 days ago - arstechnica.com
News accounts naturally went for the "kraken" headlines. "The Kraken wakes: first images of giant squid filmed in deep ocean," wrote Reuters, while the New York Post adopted the variation "The kraken lives! Giant squid captured on film for first time."



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Roger Garin-michaud (120)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 1:10 pm
noted, thanks !
 

Kit B. (276)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 2:37 pm

The Kraken is finally caught on film - Yayyy! I wonder which wacko will develop a conspiracy theory for this? A friend told me she was reading an article in Skeptic magazine and suddenly there is an element within the fringe, very far right wing of Christian Crazies that says Beowulf is real. The monsters and the characters are from the bible. (???) Also it is much older than any of us believe. Wack-a-doodle-do! Oh the tortures of high school literature, I do remember Beowulf, but for anyone to take it out of context? I don't understand that.

Back to the Kraken - he's not the only "monster" of the deep. It seems a museum of oceanic oddities within the Scripps Oceanic Science Institute has another monster. This one may also still be around, living in the depths of the oceans. An intact specimen was found in the 1990's on a beach, by some young Navy Seals out for a beach side jog. A Sea Serpent, though very large, it has no teeth.
 

Jennifer C. (169)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 4:57 pm
Thanks.
 

Jason S. (57)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 5:48 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

Nimue Pendragon (278)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 6:15 pm
Thanks :)
 

Betsy Bee (1017)
Thursday January 10, 2013, 6:35 pm
Hum.
I have a whale of a tale to tell you boys.
A whale of a tale or two.
About flapping fish and the girls I love
About nights like this and the moon above
I swear by my tattoo.
 

Alexandra Rodda (177)
Friday January 11, 2013, 12:49 am
this particular Kraken had swallowed a hook and by now has been served up as Krakenburgers by Japanese restaurants. On the other hand, giant squids being not all that common, It might be being examined by a team of scientists.
 

Michael Kirkby (88)
Friday January 11, 2013, 6:37 am
I like my squid fried thanks. The ocean is such a myriad of oddities and life forms. We are constantly learning something new which is why we should preserve it.
Kit; I used to hear Christians telling me the dinosaurs never existed. Then of course they used to tell me that the earth and the universe were created in seven literal days. There are still people out there who think the Bible is "god's literal word."
Love the poem Betsy. I haven't heard that one in a while.
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Friday January 11, 2013, 9:31 am
Noted, thanks.
 

Joanne Dixon (40)
Friday January 11, 2013, 1:46 pm
He may tell that to the marines, but the sailors will not believe him.
 

Janice P. (5)
Friday January 11, 2013, 4:34 pm
Noted.
 

Robert Hardy (68)
Friday January 11, 2013, 11:04 pm
Crack'in...the head. We do love a good monster story don't we.
 

Pat A. (116)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 1:24 am
Tried to give Kit another star, but the computer just won't let me yet! Thanks Carrie!
 

Elizabeth M. (68)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 1:41 pm
By Krakin they have finally found a real giant squid - has to be authenticated yet, doesn't it?
There will be a movie coming out soon!
Tried to send Kit a star, but can't - so thank you for your interesting comment.
Thank You for sharing this, Carrie.
 

g d c. (0)
Saturday January 12, 2013, 5:41 pm
ty
 

Suheyla C. (232)
Monday January 14, 2013, 3:46 pm
Thanks
noted
 
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