Fearsome giant mythical creatures creatures and gargantuan birds of prey. From birds of prey with fearsome strength to rooster, find out more about six legendary beasts from history.
Snake hybrids capable of killing with their eyes, but few creatures of the deep have struck fear into sailors’ hearts like the mighty kraken. The kraken first entered popular folklore as a titanic octopus or squid spotted by fishermen off the coasts of Norway and Greenland.
Maritime lore is filled with tales of vicious sea serpents and scaly; like beast so large that when any part of its body stuck out of the water it resembled a floating island. Skinned fish men, but it could also create a deadly whirlpool just by submerging itself underwater. Tracing its origins back to a giant fish from Norse mythology called the hafgufa — one 18th century account by Bishop Erik Pontoppidan described it as a squid, but the creature itself is not entirely fanciful.