Nordic Myth Turns Pop Culture Icon

Described in the Icelandic Sagas as lurking off the coasts of Norway and Greenland, the giant, ship-devouring Kraken has recently re-emerged as a darling of popular culture. Sightings of the mythical tentacled beast are everywhere!

  • On ice: The Seattle Kraken are a new NHL hockey team for the 2021 – 2022 season. Their logo is a sea blue ‘S’ with a menacing red eye.
  • At the pub: Kraken Rum was launched in the UK in 2010. Contrary to urban legend, giant squid ink is not among its rich, spicy ingredients.  
  • At the (virtual) bank: Do you have some bitcoin to trade or exchange? is a cryptocurrency exchange based out of San Francisco.
  • On-screen: Starring as Davy Jones’ deadly pet in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, the Kraken continues its reign of watery terror with appearances in several Disney video games and theme park attractions.

As you can see, the Kraken is making quite a stir in popular culture today! Where will it pop up next?

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