Mythological Creatures: The Kraken

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The Kraken is said to have many origins in mythologies all over Europe. One of the most popular depictions of the Kraken come from Scandinavia. The creature is viewed often times as a giant squid or octopus, attacking ships that passed by due to the need to feed. It’s diet consists of humans and fish. Other depictions of the Kraken show the creature to be more crab-like that squid-like. It is large in size and those out at sea have known to mistake the Kraken as an island. It is a creature that many sailors try to avoid in fear that the creature would decide that they would be its next meal. Additionally, the Kraken has been an obstacle for a great many heroes in a number mythologies - especially in Greek mythology...

Although this creature does not appear to be very strong, its grip can be deadly and it is easily one of the most terrifying creatures of the seas. Like other mythical creatures, the Kraken can be killed by those who are strong enough and brave enough to take on the task. However, it is difficult to gain access to the Kraken due to its love of deep waters that it calls home. It rarely comes to the surface unless it is hungry or it is provoked by disturbances in the water. As mentioned previously, the Kraken and the details pertaining to the creature originated in Scandinavia, although they were not known by that name. The name of the beast originates from a Norwegian word that describes a creature or being that is not completely healthy in form or structure. In other languages, it simply means octopus, or a creature similar to that of an octopus. There is not much known about the creature, for it is nearly impossible to escape the grasp of the tentacles of the deep.