Kraken's Kraken Page

Fifty-foot long squid in your dishwasher??? Something with lots of tentacles in your bathtub??? Parmesean cheese all over your living room carpet??? You've come to the right place. Welcome to Kraken's page on Kraken where the submerged meets the suburban.

Some days change one's life compeletly yet are only recognized as such many years later. That was the case with the day in third grade when Marnie Baxter called me from across the playground, "Hey, Kraken!" It was just one of many nicknames I picked up throughout childhood.

It's my favorite nickname and the one that I have chosen for myself. When I taught at outdoor school and needed a camp name, that's the one I chose. I was Kraken for several years in the pouring rain, showing the wonders of Oregonian nature to sixth graders. We played tag in the trees by moonlight and marveled at baby crayfish. I have also been Kraken to complete strangers over the internet. I don't tend to do that in the pouring rain, but the moon is often high overhead when I'm online.

Somewhere along the line I began to wonder about this creature that I had named myself after. I knew it was some sort of squidlike sea monster, but that was about it. I discovered that the real giant squid, Architeuthis dux, is a mysterious creature. I guess that's appropriate. I can be a pretty mysterious creature, myself. My researches into the fact, fiction, and fancy of the Kraken appear on these pages.

So you've visited the web sites, you've watched the grade B movies, you've checked all your likely appliances, and you're still asking the sixty-four thousand dollar question, "Where can I find my own Giant Squid???" Check the map.

The Kraken

Below the thunders of the upper deep;
Far far beneath the abysmal sea,
His ancient, dreamless, uninvaded sleep
The Kraken sleepeth: faintest sunlights flee
About his shadowy sides: above his swell
Huge sponges of millennial growth and height
And far away into the sickly light,
From many a wondrous grot and secret cell
Unnumber'd and enormous polypi
Winnow with giant fins the slumbering green.
There hath he lain for ages and will lie
Battening upon huge seaworms in his sleep,
Until the latter fire shall heat the deep;
Then once by men and angels to be seen,
In roaring he shall rise and on the surface die.


by Alfred Tennyson

The legends

The Kraken from the museum of unnatural history
sea monsters the Kraken and friends
Mythical weird beasts the Kraken
Occultopedia the Kraken

The Explanation

Where, oh where, has my giant squid gone? A wonderful map fo Squid sightings and strandings.
In search of the giant squid in search of the giant squid
He seeks the giant squid about the squid-seeker
Kaikoura Canyon national geographic's version of the giant squid hunt
interview in search of the giant squid again
Captain Nemo's Nemisis Largest Giant Squid mystery of the deep
Little squids links to stuff about regular squids
The Squid Page Warped. But somehow beautiful.

Misc

Kraken stamps amazing, cool Kraken artwork
Marine Biological Equipment these people actually found my site and e-mailed me
Seashells, snails, and giant squid tales make your own giant squid.
The Kraken and the Sea Scout a piece of kraken-related creative writing
Gander Academy's sea monsters I know it's a page of links, but it's well-annotated links.
Kraken en espanolI just like this page

Martha Stewart meets the Giant Squid

The internet is a truly strange and wonderful phenomenon.
Here is what a search for "Martha Stewart" and "Giant Squid" turned up:
Piki and Poko
someone w/eclectic tastes (and a great poem)
those eclectic tastes again
Where else but Voyager?
giant squid in Martha Stewart's linnen closet
funny (or at least it was when I linked to it.



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