Beneath the dark and churning sea, lurking in the deepest, most impenetrable waters, a giant monster called the Kraken awaits ... or so the legend goes. Myths from around the globe, some dating as far back as 2,000 years, tell of a terrifying, tentacled beast capable of tearing a sailing vessel in half.
Many believe the legend of the Kraken came from sailors' encounters with the giant squid - an animal so elusive, it's rarely ever been photographed in the wild, let alone thoroughly researched by scientists. At more than 30 feet long and weighing more than 400 pounds, giant squid can grow large enough to tackle a sperm whale, so it's understandable why they'd come across as intimidating. However, the fact that they're so hard to spot suggests that they're shy animals that keep to themselves and have no desire to interact with humans - hardly a creature to fear!
2. The Kappa
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