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Kraken and Giant Squid: Creatures of the Deep


The Krakens

Legend of the Krakens

The Kraken is one of the most fearsome and famous legendary sea monsters to terrorize sailors on the high seas. This beast is often described as a gigantic cephalopod-like creature. It resembles an enormous octopus or giant squid with many strong tentacles. In some Scandinavian stories, the Kraken terrorizes ships and sailors, dragging crews to the bottom of the sea. Other Norse sagas and folk tales say that the Kraken causes whirlpools that capsize ships. Sometimes, Krakens are described as huge, smelly beasts which draw fish to the surface. In all of these tales, Krakens are large and formidable.

Official Kraken sightings were first recorded in the waters surrounding Norway, Greenland, and Iceland over 800 years ago. Accounts of the Kraken are sometimes accompanied by drawings showing the monster to be around 50 feet in length. The sheer size and fearsome appearance of the Kraken make it one of the most terrifying and impressive mythical sea monsters of all time! Continue reading from Greek Gods and Goddesses

Read, Watch, or Listen about Krakens

link to Kraken by Tui Sutherland in the catalog
Link to Kraken Bake by Karen Dudley on Hoopla
Link to Kraken by Virginia Loh-Hagan on Hoopla
Link to Shadows on the sea by Neil Arnold in Freading
Link to Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan in the catalog
link to giant squid on Hoopla
link to here there be monsters by HP Newquist in the catalog
Link to Creatures : thirty years of monsters in the catalog

Link to Monsters in Literatures Resource Guide Series