In days of yore, the seas between Norway and Iceland were treacherous. Vikings who would attempt to travel from one to the other were said to be attacked by a giant sea monster that could rally storms to its advantage and then, with its long, slimy tentacles would pull ships of marauding Scandinavians down to the depths where they would meet an untold and horrific doom. While rumored to leave none alive, the occasional seafarer was fortunate enough to make it back to land to spread stories of this creature of the deep. This monster they dubbed the Kraken, from the shared German word krake, meaning “octopus.”
As the world moved on and scientific knowledge began to probe every end of the earth, we decided that the Kraken was a creature of fantasy, a myth for which the world no longer had room. But far from removing the fantastic from the world around us, further understanding of our world may make us realize that in fact the beasts that really exists are every bit as eerie, terrifying, and incredible as were the mythical monsters of ages past.