A to Z Cephalopods: K for Kraken

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Kraken Facts:

  • For more than 2000 years, sailors have told stories of a giant sea monster that attacked boats. In the 1700s and 1800s, sailors from Norway and Greenland named these monsters kraken.
  • Kraken have inspired poets and writers. In 1830, Alfred Tennyson wrote The Kraken, a poem about a massive creature that slept "far far beneath in the abysmal sea." 
  • In 1870, Jules Vernes described an attack by a giant sea monster in Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. The characters debate whether it is a giant whale or a kraken.
  • For a good fantasy read, check out China Mieville's KRAKEN

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  1. I've been meaning to read the China Mieville's novel. Cool Kraken!

    1. Thanks, Teresa. I'm still figuring out the look of my kraken for my story. This is one of the contenders.


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