When the legend is written

It’s so pleasant to immerse your body in the sea, isn’t it?

Whether you are lazy or fearless, you will always find something  to surpass yourself. Whether the waves rock us or shake us, we are always attracted by this sensation  that exceeds us. Defying the sea is a mistake, it’s madness: that’s what all sailors will tell you. However, those have discovered new lands and opened the world to our knowledge. But at what price.

The myths and legends that run through time do not only carry the dreams of adventurers. Under the surface is an inaccessible world  that defies all that life teaches us, and creatures that even your imagination cannot imagine.

Kraken (Source — Monstrum)

According to many of the sources that make up the stories, there is a creature that cannot be measured. It surpasses in strength, envergure, ferocity and intelligence, or mind power, any human creation. It is said to have capsized many ships and swallowed a few unfortunate sailors. Its endless arms could draw you towards the depths without you being able to fight for a single moment.

It has obscure names or names distorted from reality. Krakenn, Hafgufa, Lyngbakrthe, Keto or even kəˈθuːlu. So many forms that populate its legends. 

Since the medieval Scandinavian legends, Hafgufa and the Lyngbakr, huge sea monster described in the Nordic literature, become in science giant squids. Kraken encounters told it is similar to a cephalopod, said to be 1 mile long, and it could have been given the scientific name of Microcosmus, but then deleted from books. It should not be confused with Jörmungand, a gigantic sea serpent. So it is the size of a floating island, or the size of the fishing vessel.

It’s an overview of myths and legends, rooted to popular stories, to history of people, books and generaly, art.

In Greek mythology, Poseidon sends a sea monster to Andromeda and Persee.

The Greek goddess of creatures of the deep, Ceto, by SARA RICHARD
Imported and identified from mythologie-grecoromaine.fandom.com/fr/wiki

In anciant texts, regarding Appolodore or Ovide, it is written ‘monster’, a giant creature, κῆτος. A version talks about Kētṓ a sea monster, daughter of Gaia and Ponto. In ancien Greek, Ceto, Keto, is a term for sea monster. It is interesting to follow these adventures of a hero among the gods.

Other authors have also added stories that show that the ocean is to silence what the wind is to words. It is the case of Jules Verne or Lovecraft, who come back here to teach us humility in the face of winds and tides.

Among the stories that we will say contemporary, we can observe, even before the advent of a cinema swollen with hectic blockbusters such as the clash of titans, where Perseus and a Kraken would appear, so many stories of men and women who have not really found the hope that traces itself on the horizons.

Pulp magazines of course but octopus pulp magazines


However, if you take your head out from under your pillow, you will see men armed with spears or guns. No boat has disappeared under the weight of a beast, but, on the contrary, it is the beast that has disappeared, under the throes of an underwater hunt and a glorified fishing.

The legends of the past are the essence of life, but those of the present could be the excuses of the living.

Jules Vernes’ Kraken

This was my very first meeting with the Kraken. I was a young girl. My grandmother possessed a huge collection of beautiful books. She had a collection of reproduction originals editions, with the originals illustrations. The covers were golden and brightly painted. The book’s slide were gilts too. Like a lot of children I was by their shine in the library shovel.

« 20 000 lieux sous les mers », was the only one written by Jules Verne. I was fascinated by the engravings, and I read it when I was 9 or 10 years old. I really enjoyed the novel, I read it a lot of time since my childhood, but I fall in love with the Kraken. This huge cephalopod

The first apparition of the Kraken in literature was in a nordik saga wrote at the beginning of the XIII century. It was looking like a cephalope but the « Kraken » word is very late, it appears at the beginning of the 19th century. The novel popularize the mythic creature with the general public.

The face to face through the porthole between the Captain Nemo and the Kraken, is the one I prefer. The beast seams curious about the nautilus, on the others, it is fighting for his life against humans.

We suppose that Jules Verne was inspired by a painting of Pierre Denis de Montfort. He was the scientist who wrote « Histoire naturelle, générale et particuliere des Mollusques » 1802. In this book we can see this representation of the Kraken.

« Le poulpe colossale »

There is a huge mistake in the representation chose by Verne. On the engraving the Kraken possessed eight arms. But Kraken as a calamar have eight arms identical and too tentacles. The representation is a mix of a octopus and a calamar.

The potato octopus

I see Kraken and Octopus everywhere, like a child who sees animals in every cloud in the sky.

This time I was cleaning my potato box, and I found this very little guy alone in the dark, lost. He was a survivor of my gardening experiences from the first lockdown. I tried to grow potatoes in flowerpot. I know that was not my best idea, but we had to keep children occupied… The experience was a disaster from the point of view of the yield. I harvest less than I plant…

The idea was to plant them in my parents garden, but it seems I omit to do this. I just forgot my three little tubers… Only one sprout in a funny way… The piece of wood is a toothpick, the potato was very small.

Making off, shot with my phone

I am amateurish photographer, and that day I had time to play and no teenager witness… I know I don’t seem very sane, when I am sitting on the floor of a darkroom with potatoes and toothpick. And the young adolescent who lives with me is very derisive, as a teenager it is little bit thoughtless.

This is the result of this solitary afternoon, a little potato octopus, lost in dark, it’s a macro shooting with tripod and a remote control.

« The potato octopus » by Phoenix Pershing

None potato octopus was abused during the shooting. The little guy was free after the shooting in a new flowerpot and live a peacefully life, until the next harvesting…

Those photos posts are a pleasant way for upgrading my skills in English and shooting. French is my native language, and writing in English is hard and new to me. I try to do my very best ! You can comment about the photo or about the language mistakes.

Once upon the Pacific ocean

Online from the cheap&ship porthole

Here is a story between crabs, men and octopuses.

You will hear my voice over the video.

Another version of my montage with a virtual voice.

You’ll choose your preference.

Original documentary shown on Tv, then on web sites –> here: https://youtu.be/APWbml1aosM

A documentary from a French channel. ( video from Singes malins et perroquets prodiges (2012)

A crab fishing is carried out by throwing a cage from a boat. With a little patience, the fisherman hopes to be able to attract a few specimens into his trap.
As we move underwater, the voice of the narrator explains that the ground is covered with shells. It looks like the fisherman has a rival, a giant octopus.
We are told that it comes from the mollusc family. With a few more scientific words, invertebrate (animal without skeleton), and cephalopod (word meaning head and foot), we have our protagonist.

« It’s a giant Pacific octopus with a huge brain ! « states the voice-over.
He adds that two thirds of its neurons are in its tentacles, and that it uses them to steal crabs.
Here, we see these tentacles wrapped around the cage.
She finally finds the entrance and rushes at the crab.

This meal story explains the leftover shells. As the cage goes up, the octopus leaves, moving with disconcerting agility.

Image from Singes malins et perroquets prodiges (2012)
The scene takes place during a crab fishery. I will not come back on the quality of this report. Maybe one day, I will participate in one of them.
Singes malins et perroquets prodiges (2012)
An octopus slides on the seabed.
A biologist would tell you that he knows more than three hundred species of octopuses.
The common octopus hunts at dusk, hiding in holes and crevices, where it watches for its prey.
From Singes malins et perroquets prodiges (2012)
The fisherman is not about to win so easely . The octopus clutches, curls, catches, squeezes just as it does in the descriptions of sailors who tell of being lucky to be back on earth. This one is not disturbed by the boat, this one is only a little more imposing than the cage and its crab.
Image from Singes malins et perroquets prodiges (2012)
When the meal is over, no need to pay the bill, it just has to find the exit with elegance and refinement, no need to scare all the fishes.
Image from Singes malins et perroquets prodiges (2012)
According to my calculations, giant Pacific octopuses can reach 9 meters and weigh up to 90kg.

 » This video shows that an octopus is able to catch large objects. It shows above all the balance between curiosity and consideration that humans have for the inhabitants of the ocean floor. So a giant octopus, a kraken could catch boats ? That’s what it means… »

After this dive into the ocean floor, it is time to look back, to search for the traces and origins of this ocean inhabitant. In terrestrial diversity, we find some similarities, at least a family, a group.

To resume: octopuses, squids, cuttle fishes and notiloïds, whose head is equipped with tentacles, are the creatures still observable in the oceans.

Octopus relates to approximately 300 species of soft-bodied, eight-limbed molluscs of the order Octopoda.
Some octopuses live in the abyss.

If we look in the past, at the prehistoric traces, we find mainly shell fossils.

The oldest known cephalopods have been found in Chinese strata dating back 515 million years (Cambrian): they are elongated mollusks with a conical shell.

Others have an essentially soft body and therefore leave very few traces after their death (especially octopuses)

Palaeoctopus is an extinct basal octopod that lived in the Late Cretaceous.

From past to present, they always seem to be endengered and extinct species.

For exemple, Ammonites in the broad sense, are an extinct subclass of cephalopod mollusks.

Discovery of an imposing fossilised creature…

 » A Nautilus is a tetrabranchial cephalopod « 

 » Don’t believe everything you hear. I caught this specimen myself just yesterday.« 

None April fool have been found in this researsh.

My other page will tell you stories of sailors and trace back legends and myths in the hope of helping anyone who loses its soul in the oceans.

These fishermen are likely to awaken legends that will keep you awake at night, I would have warned you.

Nietzsche : « It is not doubt, it is certainty that makes you crazy« .