FANTASTIC 13TH – A CHRONICLE OF MAGICAL CREATURES: THE KRAKEN
Since this happens to be the first real spring day in New England and all I want to do is go to the beach, this months creature feature is dedicated to the Kraken. Whether this legendary creature is lurking at my local beach or is lying deep on the ocean floor, its certainly a creature to know about!
What is it?
A massive sea monster with long tentacles and god-like strength. These creatures which today can be explained as a giant squid or octopus, would wraps its 40 (or longer) tentacles around a ship and crush it until finally sinking, crew on board. Probably the most terrifying creature of the sea, the Kraken is a force not to be messed with.
Origins and Modern Use
The origin of the Kraken can vary, but the earliest and most frequent accounts have occurred on the Norwegian seas (12th century), however accounts of the creature’s existence appear in Greek mythology. As far as modern use, the Kraken as appeared in films such as Clash of the Titans and Pirates of the Caribbean, as well as novels and more surprisingly, as mascots for rum.
Sea creatures as a writing subject are unique in itself, but with a Kraken it certainly ups the anty. What other creature is massive in size, is feared around the world and can just be under the surface? The Kraken. Why? Because it can pull under even the sturdiest of vessels. Any ideas popping in your mind? I hope so before the Kraken is released on you…