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- Mythical sea monsters from Norway and Greenland, probably based on sightings of giant squid.
- Said to have played with their food and made self-portraits (scientists discovered fossils of a prehistoric giant octopus who arranged its prey into a sucker-like pattern and concluded that they were self-aware).
- The subject of an entertaining novel by China Mieville, Kraken. Mieville is known for dark, steampunk, dystopian fantasy/horror novels, but Kraken is a more straightforward fantasy that Mieville has described as a "dark comedy about a squid worshipping cult and the end of the world."
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