The Kraken

Sea Monster Explained? Google Earth Photo Appears To Show Giant Creature

The Internet has been abuzz after what appears to be a giant sea monster was spotted on Google Earth. It all started with a very rare find in Google Earth by using the coordinates 63° 2’56.73 “S 60º57’32.38” W. By typing them, you can see what looks like a huge octopus of about 30 meters long, a size that is nothing close to normal for this type of animal.

As reported by Popular Science via MSN, Scott Waring of UFO Sightings Daily claimed to have photographic proof of a legendary sea monster known as “The Kraken.”

“This looks like the Kraken,” Waring wrote. “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 a Kraken to me.”

The Kraken does not have the fame of the yeti or bigfoot, but it is another one of those elusive creatures that has fascinated people for years. Its origin is in the Scandinavian legends that speak of a giant octopus (which is said to measure several kilometers) attacking ships. And Jules Verne became world famous after writing about a giant sea monster –thought to be The Kraken — attacking ships in his novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. The book’s plot is set during the year 1866, when ships of several nations spot a mysterious sea monster. The United States government assembles an expedition in New York City to find and destroy the monster.

Now, a team of mystery lovers claim to have captured an image of this creature using Google Earth. The image appears to show a massive creature in length with extended tentacles. However, deep-sea biologist Andrew David Thaler says the image does not show a sea monster

“This is Sail Rock, a well mapped outcropping that, from the sea, looks a bit like a ship under sail,” Thaler wrote on his blog Southern Fried Science. As the report from Popular Science notes, there aren’t many pictures of Sail Rock available online, and with good reason. It is located seven miles south of a remote island with only seasonal research stations.

But, some conspiracy theorists are not convinced of this hypothesis, and supporters have already offered up an even more mysterious theory, saying that it is actually a kind of UFO submarine. Others say it is most likely a specimen of Architeuthis dux, the largest squid species that exists, and that lives at great depths.

This is not the first strange sighting in the region. In 2013, several witnesses photographed a strange silhouette off the coast of Magnetic Island, Australia. Beachgoers first sighted what looked like “a distinctive long, curved neck bobbing up and down off the coast” and some of the eyewitnesses immediately noticed a resemblance to the Loch Ness monster.

“It was bobbing up and down in the water and at first I thought, what’s that? Someone yelled out, ‘It looks like a Loch Ness monster,'” a witness told The Australian. “I’ve never seen anything like it – it could be anything. We are all wanting to know what it is.”

Legend has it that “The Kraken” was a sea monster that hit the oceans around Norway and Greenland. Commonly described as a giant octopus, it attacked ships and devoured sailors. Many say that these stories gained strength because a giant squid was seen in the area. Ancient tales describe The Kraken as an animal “the size of a floating island” (it was said that the back of an adult Kraken had a length of over 5 miles). The supposed real danger for sailors was not the creature itself, but the swirl it created after plunging into the ocean.

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