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The Kraken Caught on Tape

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on January 11th, 2013

After a decade-long hunt almost as obsessive as Captain Ahab’s search for Moby Dick, a team of researchers and journalists from Japan’s National Science Museum, the Discovery Channel, and Japanese broadcaster NHK have captured video of the mysterious giant squid in its natural habitat, about 9 miles from ChiChi Island and 600 miles south of Tokyo.

This three meter long creature is actually on the small side; giant squids can grow to eight meters (twenty-six feet)!

These real-life underwater giants are believed to be the inspiration for the Kraken, a mythical Nordic sea monster known for attacking ships in the waters off of Scandinavia. Having inspired numerous artists and writers over the centuries, it is no surprise that this fantastical animal has captured the imaginations of scientists as well.

The full video of the giant squid will be featured on the season finale of Discovery Channel’s Curiosity. For now, enjoy this brief teaser that leaves almost as much to the imagination as the ancient legends.

Source: Oceana

About Craig Woolheater
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster.


5 Responses to “The Kraken Caught on Tape”

  1. Elmer Boster via Facebook responds:

    its about time they finnaly caught this critter on tape now we just need to focus on some well known or if there lookin for another easy one the giant anaconda havent heard any more on that one for a long time

  2. maslo63 responds:

    Whatever became of that Monster Quest footage of a large squid? I remember thinking it would be a big deal but it didn’t turn out to be.

  3. BronzeSteel responds:

    Awesome news.

  4. MMissionary responds:

    this kinda validates the crytozoology cause

  5. maslo63 responds:

    MM; not really. The giant squid has been known to science from hard evidence at least since the 1800s. Beached specimens, partially digested remains from whales (and the scars on the whales themselves) all provided hard evidence without actually having to see the animal alive. Elusive? Yes. A cryptid? Far from it.



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