Science Can't Kill Our 'Kraken' Sea-Monster Dreams

krakenI've got to hand it to paleontologist Mark McMenamin, I like how he thinks. The scientist from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts says he's discovered the lair of an ancient sea monster so big that it's thought to have been over 100 feet long. Called Kraken, it's been depicted throughout history, and throughout movies, as a ginormous, ruthless squid that tosses shipping vessels around like toys and feasts on giant marine reptiles the size of school buses. Kraken is one bad-ass mother-monster, and McMenamin thinks he's found proof of its existence.

No one really believes him though, which is quite a shame. Can't we all just set "science" aside for a second and revel in the fact that humongous sea-creature bones were found stacked up in Nebraska? Is that too much to ask?


McMenamin and I don't think so. While visiting a fossil site in Nebraska this summer, he found a pile of bones that belonged to ichthyosaurs, a prehistoric cross between a fish, a dolphin, and a reptile that went extinct 90 million years ago. McMenamin argues that the arrangement of the bones and their special markings are signs that they were specifically piled up by Kraken in order to conceal his cavernous hideaway.

Apparently, octopuses do that, too -- they stack up the bones of their prey outside the door of their den to keep out intruders. Kraken was kind of like the biggest octopus that you can even imagine. Clearly, it was a trend-setter.

There's no other evidence that Kraken was real, but really, what more proof do we need? We've got a stack of ichthyosaurs bones in the Nebraskan plains. Obviously, Kraken ruled the ancient seas, had giant-clam bakes with his Kraken buddies, used its enormous tentacles to pluck pirates from their ships, and stacked old bones outside its door.

All we have to do now is find some Kraken fossils or, better yet, find it living. If no one's found any old Kraken bones, who's to say it's extinct? I think the first place we should start looking is the Bermuda Triangle. Let's go, McMenamin! No time to waste, let's get "kraken."

Do you think the pile of ichthyosaurs bones is evidence of Kraken's existence?


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