"Below the thunders of the upper deep;
Far far beneath in the abysmal sea,
His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep
The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee
About his shadowy sides; above him swell
Huge sponges of millennial growth and height;
And far away into the sickly light,
From many a wondrous grot and secret cell
Unnumber'd and enormous polypi
Winnow with giant arms the slumbering green.
There hath he lain for ages, and will lie
Battening upon huge seaworms in his sleep,
Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;
Then once by man and angels to be seen,
In roaring he shall rise and on the surface die."

 

We are fortunate that the Kraken generally exists in colder regions of the world, around Norway and the Arctic circle, but that's not to say that they aren't afraid to travel south on occasion, perhaps for a nice winter's vacation.

 

A few artists have seen this beast as well, and have given us a good idea of what we are dealing with when we encounter the Kraken. In general, it appears to be some sort of giant octopus or a squid, which attacks vessels, presumably because it mistakes them for whales, which it feeds on. Regardless, it spells almost certain doom to any ship that it chooses to attack, so take care to avoid the Kraken! But if one were to actually slay one of these beasts, it would be fair to say that there would be plenty of seafood to eat, calamari anyone?

 

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