This Kraken had the knack for irritating ships and lots of pseudoscientific reports such as the official naval that one’s said, it could attack the vessels with its very strong arms. If the techniques failed, the beast could begin swimming in the circles around a ship, making the fierce maelstrom that will drag the vessel into the bottom.
To value its salt, the sea monster needs to taste the human flesh. The legends say that a Kraken would devour the ship’s whole crew all at once. However, despite the fearsome reputation, the sea monster would also bring some benefits, like, swam accompanied by the massive schools of fish which cascaded along its back, and when it comes out from the water. The brave fishermen would thus risk in going near the sea beast to catch a bounteous fish.
The story of a Kraken goes back into the account wrote by King Sverre in 1180 from Norway. As with so much legend, the Kraken begins with something real, from sightings of the actual animal, the massive squid. For the prehistoric navigators, the sea monster was dangerous and treacherous, hiding a mass of monsters in the inconceivable depths. Any kind of encounter with this unknown beast animal would gain a legendary edge from the sailors’ stories. In any case, the story grows by the way it is narrated.
The Scientific Legend Kraken
The giant squid located in Ranheim, Norway was measured by Prof. Svein Haftorn and Erling Sivertsen at the NTNU Museum of the Natural History and the Archaeology in 1954.
The vigor of the myth becomes so strong that a Kraken would still be located in the primary current scientific surveys of our natural world in Europe in the 18th century. And not even the father of the recent biological classification, Carl Linnaeus could avoid it, so he included this Kraken among those cephalopod mollusks during the initial edition of Linnaeus groundbreaking, the Systema Naturae in 1735.
Then in 1853, the giant cephalopod has been located being stranded on the Danish beach, and Japetus Steenstrup, the Norwegian naturalist recuperates the beast’s beak and utilized it for the scientific description of the large squid, Architeuthis Dux. So what had been a legend, officially goes into the annals of our science, and inveterate our image of a Kraken to the beast that originated the folklore.
Right after 150 years with thorough research into the massive squid that occupies all over the ocean of the world, there is still too much debate about whether they represent an exclusive species or as numerous as 20. The biggest Architeuthis recorded reached about 18 meters in length, with the very elongated pair of tentacles however, the vast majority of these specimens are even smaller. The eyes of the giant squid are the biggest in the beast kingdom and are critical in the dark lowest point it inhabits of up to 1,100 meters deep, probably reaching 2,000 meters.