This could be one of the most fascinating discoveries of the 21st century according to many. Researchers seem to have spotted what appears to be the legendary Scandinavian creature, swimming in waters near Deception Island, northwest of the Antarctic Peninsula.
The Kraken was found on April 9, 2016, at the following coordinates: 63° 2’56.73″ S 60°57’32.38″ W
According to Nordic Folklore, a massive creature haunts the icy seas of the North Sea. It attacks everything that comes in its way with its gigantic tentacles. The gigantic creature would appear in the seas from Norway through Iceland and even Greenland. It is said to snag passing vessels with extremely long tentacles, dragging them deep into the ocean.
The Kraken, which is said to exist in folklore, only is a mythical monster which was first mentioned during 1180’s, and reports of the gigantic sea monster have existed ever since.
However, researchers believe that the Kraken never existed and that it is very likely that like most legends, the legend of the Kraken could have commenced with the sighting of a real giant squid, but people exaggerated over time, turning a normal sea creature into a man-eating beast that crushes vessels with its huge tentacles.
Giant squids are known to exist in the oceans and can reach around 20 meters in length. However, these creatures have rarely been seen by sailors since they live in extremely deep waters.
A 13th-century text of the Old Icelandic saga Örvar-Oddr mentioned two massive monsters which were spotted in the Greenland Sea: The Hafgufa (“sea mist”) and Lyngbakr (“heather-back”). The hafgufa is believed to be a reference to the Kraken:
Now I will tell you that there are two sea-monsters. One is called the hafgufa [sea-mist], another lyngbakr [heather-back]. It [thelyngbakr] is the largest whale in the world, but the hafgufa is the hugest monster in the sea. It is the nature of this creature to swallow men and ships, and even whales and everything else within reach.
It stays submerged for days, then rears its head and nostrils above surface and stays that way at least until the change of tide. Now, that sound we just sailed through was the space between its jaws, and its nostrils and lower jaw were those rocks that appeared in the sea, while the lyngbakr was the island we saw sinking down.
However, Ogmund Tussock has sent these creatures to you by means of his magic to cause the death of you [Odd] and all your men. He thought more men would have gone the same way as those that had already drowned [i.e., to the lyngbakr which wasn’t an island, and sank], and he expected that the hafgufa would have swallowed us all. Today I sailed through its mouth because I knew that it had recently surfaced.
Whether or not researchers spotted the ‘mythical’ creature is an ongoing debate.
But many people claims that Google Earth has helped make another unprecedented discovery as the sea monster, which appears to be 120m in length appeared north of the Antarctic Peninsula.
But many agree that it could be a lot of things, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be the Kraken. Theories ranging from secret submarines, USO’s, and other unknown creatures have already flooded social networks trying to understand just what researchers found swimming in the waters near Deception Island.
‘It looks like the Kraken,’ Scott C Waring shared on UFO Sightings Daily.com.
‘I used Google ruler, and it says this is 30 meters (100 feet) from head to end, but the end looks like just the mid area of a giant squid, which means it could be 60+ meters long with tentacles.
‘That sounds like the Kraken to me,’ wrote Warring on his blog.
However, not everyone agrees it’s THE Kraken. But if you look more closely it looks like an artificially made object, an underwater UFO coming out of the ocean,’ an unknown author wrote on UFO Sightings blog.