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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Kraken-legendary sea monster

-legendary sea monsters of gargantuan size
-said to have dwelled off the coasts of Norway and Iceland
-the sheer and fearsome appearance attributed to the beasts have made them common ocean -
dwelling monsters in various fictional works
(see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kraken_in_popular_culture)
-the legend may actually have originated from sightings of real giant squid that are estimated to
grow to 13 metres (46 ft)in length, including the tentacles
-normally live at great depths
-but have been sighted at the surface and reportedly have "attacked" small ships
-is the definite article form of krake, Scandinavian word designating an unhealthy animal or
something twisted
-in modern German, Krake (plural: Kraken) means octopus but can also refer to legendary
Kraken
-for more information, go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kraken

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