Monsters of the Deep II
Probably no legendary creature was as horrifying as the Kraken, a giant sea monster. According to stories this huge, many armed, creature looked like an island when motionless and could reach as high as the top of a sailing ship's main mast with its arms deployed.
The Kraken is a legendary sea monster often mentioned in pirate myths. It was said to dwell off the coasts of Norway and Iceland. People thought the monster to be some sort of giant squid, living in the deep of the ocean and surfacing from time to time to attack ships. Some claim that islands that were seen from time to time and subsequently vanished may actually have been Kraken sightings.
The Kraken was a cephalopod-like beast, with a squid-like mantle, a number of long, suckered tentacles at the base of its head. Some of these were as thick around as a galleon's main mast, most significant were the two long forearms powerful enough to split a ship into fragments in mere seconds. The huge suckers on the Kraken's tentacles were strong enough to pull the flesh clean away from a sailor's face.
The Kraken used the tips of its tentacles to feel its way around a ship before deciding where best to strike. It also had a long, sharp tail similar to a squid and large round eyes with orange irises and black pupils. It had a large, maw-like mouth surrounded by fangs below its large eyes, and a massive body at least twice as long as its tentacles. The overall length of the Kraken was similar to the length of 10 ships, which would be approximately 1400 feet in total length. Its body resembles a massive, cuttlefish-like cephalopod.
Kraken, also called the Crab-fish, which is not that huge, for heads and tails counted. He stays at the sea floor, constantly surrounded by innumerable small fishes, who serve as his food and are fed by him in return: for his meal, which lasts no longer than three months, and another three are then needed to digest it. His excrements nurture in the following an army of lesser fish, and for this reason, fishermen plumb after his resting place ... Gradually, Kraken ascends to the surface, and when he is at ten to twelve fathoms, the boats had better move out of his vicinity, as he will shortly thereafter burst up, like a floating island, spurting water from his dreadful nostrils and making ring waves around him, which can reach many miles. . Fishermen said that huge amounts of fishes gravitate around Kraken and the boat that succeeds to fish around the monster without awaking it will take more than possible to carry aboard.
They are very powerful mythical creatures who are even able to drown and destroy large ships. Though history of Kraken is old but in the modern history too there are reported attacks on ship by a giant sea monster.
Powers & Abilities
- Longevity - Though not truly immortal, the Kraken has an infinite lifespan and is not subject to old age.
- Superhuman Strength - The Kraken is a creature of staggering Titanic strength. It can tear apart whole fleets of ships. It has been seen to lift ships high into the air with its limbs. It can squash humans and rip apart cities with its might.
- Amphibiousness - The Kraken can survive on both land and underwater.