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.