The kraken might be real. Or “have been”, actually. Mark McMenamin, paleontologist for Mount Holyoke College, is on the verge of an unprecedented discovery. It seems like the ancient Earth’ oceans were populated with the legendary sea monster of gigantic proportions: the kraken. Owners of huge teeth and school bus sizes, the krakens are believed to have been some on the water’s most fierce predators.
The creature was 30 meters long and weighted twice as a Mesonychoteuthis, the giant squid, did.
Unfortunately for McMenamin’s studies, that he was set to present on Monday, 10th of October at the Geological Society of America meeting in Minneapolis, there is no direct evidence to the actual existence of the creature, since its soft body couldn’t have been preserved throughout time.
McMenamin takes his proof from the markings on the bones of the pray found at the kraken’s supposed lair. Here the paleontologist discovered the bones of nine ichthyosaurs, which are proven to have lived between 248 million to 206 million years ago, during the Triassic era. The sea creatures were 14 meters long and are the old version of nowadays giant sperm whales.
McMenamin’s interest in this matter started with the unsolved cause of death of the creatures displayed at the Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park in Nevada. Scientists have come to the conclusion, in 1950s, that the creatures have died of accidental stranding or toxic plankton bloom. Yet for McMenamin the explanation wasn’t sufficient enough, as no further studies were able to actually prove that the S. popularis died in shallow water.
“I was aware that anytime there is controversy about depth, there is probably something interesting going on”, he said.
Once arrived to the Park the paleontologist was taken by the weird pattern the bones were describing. It seemed like the creatures weren’t all killed at the same time, but mostly like their bones had been rearranged. This could have occurred as a result of the S. popularis being killed at the surface then dragged to the kraken’s lair. The giant sea creature is believed to have either drowned or strangled its victims.
The strange pattern the bones form can very well resemble the disks of a tentacle, where every vertebra looks like a sucker made by a Coleoidea sea creature, such as: octopuses, squid or cuttlefish. Presented like this, the bones pattern appears to be a self-portrait of the Kraken.
Further proof comes from studying the behavior of other very large octopus like creatures that are still alive nowadays. For example, the octopus that inhabits the largest aquarium at the Seattle aqua land is killing the sharks. So it is possible for large octopus like creatures to take out huge animals as pray. Furthermore, the bones found in the kraken’s lair showed numerous breaks that couldn’t have occurred as mere accidents, as well as evidence of twisted necks.