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The Kraken: Is this mythical creature real?
by staff writer, 12.31.06
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"19th Century drawing depicting a ship reportedly attacked by a kraken off the coast of Angola. [source:] What do "Pirates of the Caribbean" and Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" have in common? They both talk about the Kraken, the most horrifying legendary sea monster ever.

The image on the left is that of a of a "19th Century drawing depicting a ship reportedly attacked by a kraken off the coast of Angola." [source: the Museum of Unnatural History website].

"The Kraken of legend is probably what we know today as the giant squid". And now Japanese researchers off the Ogasawara Islands south of Tokyo have filmed the capture of one such giant creature. The giant squid they captured is 3.5 meters long (11.5 feet), still a young specimen by giant squid standards.

Video clip of Japanese researchers capturing a giant squid

Japanese researchers believe this is the first time a live giant squid has been captured on video. Click here or on the image to the right to watch the capture of this behemoth. These giant squids can grow to up to 20 meters (65.6 feet) in length.

Japanese researchers were also the first ones to ever take photos of these deep sea giants. National Geographic has posted an article with links to the photos taken of a 25 feet (8 meters) long giant squid—photographed 2,950 feet (900 meters) beneath the North Pacific Ocean.

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