December 5, 2017

A Totally Indigestible Tentacle Matter

Godzilla may be the king of monsters. There may be no other kaiju greater than him. But of course, he is not the only awesome one in the kaiju realm. 

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The Kraken
by Vivien Gros

From an episode of an old Icelandic saga, featured are 2 sea monsters and described as the most massive is the sea monster Hafgufa. Hafgufa devours everything within his reach. But not unless the tide changes, his nature is to stay submerged with only his head and nostrils sticking above the surface.

Kraken is considered to be based from Hafgufa. He was then classified by the father of taxonomy Carl Linnaeus as squid-like, the bishop of Bergen Erik Pontoppidan claimed that he can be mistaken as an island and the Swedish author Jacob Wallenberg also called him as the Crab-fish. The list goes on, thanks to popular culture.

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Cthulhu by Tentacles and Teeth

Now from the Lovecraftian side of horror, here comes another sea monster, Cthulhu who carries many titles. Also known as the High Priest of the Great Old Ones, The Great Dreamer, The Sleeper of R’lyeh and the Star Spawn, Cthulhu was first introduced by American writer H.P. Lovecaft in a story entitled “The Call of Cthulhu”.

Cthulhu’s appearance can be described as a cross-breed between an octopus, a dragon and a human. His head is similar to an octopus and his skin is scaly like a dragon. His figure is human-like but he is hundreds of meters taller with webbed arms and legs, and has wings on his back.

A sea monster from the Nordic folklore, or a cosmic entity that emerged from a man’s horrific imagination… It does not matter for every sea voyage is beyond normal with these kaijus mind.

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