Kraken video to be released

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26 Responses to “Kraken video to be released”

  1. Knarf Black says:

    “Ask the other guy how many arms he has left.”

  2. Christopher says:

    I remember reading about giant squids when I was in kindergarten. Or rather having a teacher read to me from the World Book Encyclopedia. This was before there was an internet, at least as we know it. And that phrase “eyes the size of dinner plates” was used then too. It’s interesting to me that it’s still in use, but I guess nothing comparable has been found to replace it. Why not basketballs?

    • Ethan Martinez says:

      A dinner plate is an intimate object which everyone in the western world can immediately relate to. There is the comfort of food and a filled belly associated with the dinner plate.  I basketball is something we beat up and toss around.   What better contrast is there to make than a dinner plate with the enormous cold eyes of a mysterious deep sea beast?

      • Antinous / Moderator says:

        A dinner plate is an intimate object which everyone in the western world can immediately relate to.

        But why are so many things in stories “as large as a goose egg”?

    • Mark Dow says:

      I prefer the first person perspective, “… as big as your head”.

  3. This is fantastic! But, 10 feet long? Haven’t they been finding squid that big for a while now? Or is it 10 feet minus the tentacles? I’ll be watching the hell out of that episode, but one has to wonder!

    http://d22zlbw5ff7yk5.cloudfront.net/images/stash-2-5067e9075f2c9.gif

    • AwesomeRobot says:

      I think the issue is that they really haven’t filmed one alive — this one is 10 feet minus the two long tentacles that for some reason it doesn’t have; that’s where the impression usually comes in; if this one still had those two tentacles it’d be nearly 35 feet long. 

    • artbyjcm says:

      It’s the breed. It’s a smaller giant. But it is still the right species, and would act exactly as it’s larger kin would.

  4. Nash Rambler says:

    I remember checking out the preserved giant squid in the Smithsonian’s Natural History museum, when I was very young.  After getting hyped up by my grade school librarian, I can still taste the mild disappointment I felt at seeing a puffy grey something floating in a yellow tank, and basically smelling like a funeral parlor.

  5. rachel ten bruggencate says:

    Dat headline.

  6. Kelly M says:

    Xeni, please re-title this to:

    RELEASE THE KRAKEN…. video.

    ;)

  7. bluest_one says:

    Maybe all those shitty movies with poor special effects, weren’t so terrible?

    Giant Squids look like crappy renders in real life.

  8. ChickieD says:

    I think this is beautiful, but I am an admitted giant squid junkie. 

  9. dmc10 says:

    To actually catch one on footage alive is awesome, can’t wait! In another life, I think deep sea marine biologist would have been something I’d have loved to pursue… some of the stuff they find down there is absolutely wondrously freakin’ amazing and downright weird. 

  10. cleveremi says:

    Two missing arms? I guess (singing) it’s hard out there for a squid.

  11. Adam Goetz says:

    i feel like his arms are missing because they ripped them off the last time they were looking for him. i’ve seen the video.

  12. Emo Pinata says:

    I’m disgusted that you used a screen grab from the 2010 Clash of the Titans.

    • I’m with you.  2010 COTT did it wrong.  Pirates of the Caribbean should have earned the reference.  That movie did the Krakken right–along with a bunch of other maritime myths and hokum.  

  13. acmavm says:

    This is fascinating. They are finding all kinds of creatures that we didn’t know exist. Scientists suspected that this creature existed but could never prove it. Now they can.

    Now if we would only quit destroying the planet.

    http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/strange-new-animals-0917
    http://www.pickchur.com/2010/06/10-unknown-animals-found-off-antarctica/
    http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/05/strangespecies/

    • CH says:

      Um… they knew about this one. Giant squid turn up on beaches or caught in nets every now and then. The exciting part about this news was that they had caught one on camera while living in it’s natural habitat.

      • acmavm says:

        Um… Did you even bother to read what I posted??????


        Scientists suspected that this creature existed but could never prove it. Now they can.

  14. artbyjcm says:

    It’s both very pretty, and very chilling. This is what all those sailors saw in their tales of giant sea monsters attacking their boats. Imagine this one, much larger, coming up right under you in the middle of the night.

  15. “He gave no explanation for the missing arms” … but last time he tried to capture a kraken, the squid ripped it’s tentacles off trying to escape the hooked trap. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsunemi_Kubodera. Not sure I agree with Dr Kubodera’s research methods…

  16. xgad says:

     It’s fascinating stuff: http://youtu.be/9_mzN6tvAZs

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