The kraken (krɑːkən) is a legendary sea monster of enormous size said to appear off the coasts of Norway.#feb
#Kraken, the stuff of sailors' superstitions and mythos, was first described in the modern age in the turn of 18th century travelogue by Francesco Negri, followed by Dano-Norwegian natural history writings. Egede (1741) 1729 described the kraken in detail and equated it with the hafgufa of medieval lore, but first description had often been credited the Norwegian bishop Pontoppidan (1753). The bishop made an identification of the kraken as an octopus (polypus) of tremendous size, and wrote that it had a reputation of pulling down ships, but the French malacologist Denys-Montfort of the 19th century is better known for these.
The great man-killing octopus entered French fiction when novelist Victor Hugo (1866) introduced the pieuvre octopus of Guernsey lore, which he identified with the kraken of legend, and this led to Jules Verne's depiction of the kraken, which he did not really distinguish #between squid or octopus.
The legend may have indeed originated from sightings of giant squid, which may grow to 13–15 meters (40–50 feet) in length.