The Kraken: Norse Legend or Recently-Discovered Creature?

By Karen Harris
Circa 1650, A kraken attacking a ship. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Norse were accomplished sailors and navigators. But on their voyages, they often encountered things they could not explain, including sea monsters. One such sea monster, the Kraken, became firmly placed in Norse mythology because of its immense size and its habit of attacking ships and devouring sailors. There is good reason to believe that these legends are true…at least in part.