What lies below is one of the biggest fears that’s kept many of us on land and far away from the water. Now, it seems there could be another reason to stay dry as scientists might have just found a real-life kraken. Yes, really.
A thing of legend
The idea of krakens has been around for thousands of years. Some tales tell of giant eight-legged monsters that engulf boats and pull sailors to the salty depths, while others talk about a creature that’s as large as the ocean. Whatever the case, there has never been an official sighting of a kraken, merely stories. So why are they such a popular idea? That is largely thanks to the giant squids that have washed up on shores over the years and left people wondering what could lay beneath the surface.
Why are giant squids so shy?
One reason people have no idea if the kraken could be real or not is that giant squids are so shy, but why? That is mostly thanks to the size of their eye that has been measured as large as a basketball throughout the years. Giant squids spend their time deep below the surface of the water, meaning there is little light to see. The outcome? Their eyes are extremely sensitive to any kind of light. This keeps them away from the surface of the water and means they’re often scared off whenever someone ventures into the deep as the lights from vessels are too much for giant squids to handle.
Getting a closer look
Believe it or not, but the footage of a potential real-life kraken was filmed back in 2012. It just wasn’t published until recently. A group of marine scientists were diving 2,000 feet below the sea around Japan when they spotted a young A. dux – a type of giant squid. They quickly became the first team ever to capture one of the beasts in its natural habitat, but how? They used red and blue light to their advantage. The way their eyes work means that giant squids find red lights less intrusive and are drawn to blue lights. They used the red light to see around the ocean floor while keeping the blue neon lights on an extendable arm to draw the creatures to them rather than the other way around.
Using it to their advantage
It didn’t take long for the A. dux to emerge out of the darkness. Here, the team managed to estimate that its arms are approximately six feet long – and this is only a baby. Adult versions of the giant squid can easily reach at least 46 feet long, thanks to the creatures that have washed ashore throughout the years. This is certainly the start of a huge breakthrough when it comes to finding the real-life kraken.
Okay, they might not have found the real-life kraken just yet, but it seems that scientists have just come one step closer to finding out the answer. Do we really want to know what else lies beneath the surface?