Don’t believe in the Kraken? You may want to start

A behemothic ‘sea monster’ has been sighted in Antarctic waters by sharped-eyed sleuths scouring Google Earth.

The satellite image has now been widely shared online and is driving internet users mad in their attempts to discern if it’s a legit photograph of the aggressive sea-beast from Norwegian folklore.

Scott Waring, from is convinced: ‘I used Google ruler and it says this is 30m from head to end, but the end looks just like the mid-area of a giant squid which means it could be 60m+ long with tentacles. That sounds like a Kraken to me.’ 

Maybe the stories about the giant monster of the deep are all true,’ he continued. ‘A lot of stories are based on truths. I think we found the Kraken.’

Others are less sure, and believe the picture—taken near Deception Island in the South Shetlands—appears to show a ‘fin’ instead, perhaps of a plesiosaur, a marine reptile that are known to have first swam in our oceans about 205 million years ago and were especially common during the Jurassic Period. The species died out about 66 million years ago.

Even wilder claims still conclude that the image depicts a UFO rising violently out of the ocean—but then again some vocal sections of the internet will always lay claim to any unexplained photograph as being the work of aliens.

If the picture does indeed show a real animal we can be fairly sure it’s not a Kraken, at least in the original sense of the term. The English word ‘kraken’ is taken from Norwegian word Krake, meaning an unhealthy animal or something twisted.

That’s a fairly mean thing to say about potentially one of the largest, shyest creatures in the animal kingdom— splashing about happily and unobtrusively in Antartica’s waters, whatever it may be.