October 11, 2011
It is a legendary tentacled sea monster which ate whales and even ships.
Now one researcher claims he has found proof the mythical creature actually did exist.
Professor Mark McMenamin, a paleontologist at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, said he has discovered markings on the remains of sea creatures which could prove an ancient, bus-sized species of octopus – like the mythical Kraken – was behind their demise.
Prof McMenamin says his evidence of the Kraken, which would have been up to 30m long, comes from the vicious injures it inflicted¬†on the giant marine reptile ichthyosaur, either by drowning the creature or snapping its neck.
The results were presented at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in Minneapolis.