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12 animals mistaken for mythical creatures

By: Bryan Nelson on June 9, 2010, 1:25 p.m.
Colossal squid has been compared to the mythical kraken

Photo: Stephanemartin/Wikimedia Commons

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Colossal squid

The legend of the mythical sea monster known as the Kraken, which in most depictions resembles a mammoth cephalopod, is likely derived from sightings of giant or colossal squid. The colossal squid's limbs are equipped with sharp hooks, some of which swivel. Since these beasts prefer to dwell in deep ocean waters, sightings of giant squid are rare but possible.