Kraken – Scandinavia
One of the all-time greats for Thalassophobia, the fear of the unknown depths beneath the waves, the Kraken is a colossal beast large enough to engulf a ship in its tentacles.
A Nordic myth most reported in the Arctic Ocean and the Norwegian Sea across the centuries, this huge creature is known to capsize vessels to devour the sailors within, the bite size snacks not having enough time to drown before they’re scooped up and eaten. There are even stories of ships the Kraken found too big to topple instead being dragged down into a maelstrom churned up by the hungry monster determined to satisfy its appetite and smart enough to solve the problem of a “safe” ship.
The worst thing about the Kraken? Historical attacks could be real reports of giant squid or gigantic octopus, and there could yet be a modern attack should a big enough one be disturbed…
Keep an eye out for an upcoming LukeLore episode on ocean monsters that includes the Kraken.
Text by @lukegreensmithscarybits
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