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Old 10-12-2011, 05:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Giant 'kraken' lair discovered: Cunning sea monster that preyed on ichthyosaurs

Lots of quotes but the articles on this site are pretty verbose and I'm sure most people wouldn't read through it if I just linked it. Bolded parts are what I thought were the most interesting.

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"Charles Camp puzzled over these fossils in the 1950s," said McMenamin. "In his papers he keeps referring to how peculiar this site is. We agree, it is peculiar."


Camp's interpretation was that the fossils probably represented death by an accidental stranding or from a toxic plankton bloom. But no one had ever been able to prove that the beasts died in shallow water. In fact more recent work on the rocks around the fossils suggest it was a deep water environment, which makes neatly arranged carcasses even more mysterious.
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the different degrees of etching on the bones suggested that the shonisaurs were not all killed and buried at the same time. It also looked like the bones had been purposefully rearranged.
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"Modern octopus will do this," McMenamin said. What if there was an ancient, very large sort of octopus, like the kraken of mythology. "I think that these things were captured by the kraken and taken to the midden and the cephalopod would take them apart."
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In the fossil bed, some of the shonisaur vertebral disks are arranged in curious linear patterns with almost geometric regularity, McMenamin explained.The proposed Triassic kraken, which could have been the most intelligent invertebrate ever, arranged the vertebral discs in double line patterns, with individual pieces nesting in a fitted fashion as if they were part of a puzzle.


Even more creepy: The arranged vertebrae resemble the pattern of sucker discs on a cephalopod tentacle, with each vertebra strongly resembling a coleoid sucker. In other words, the vertebral disc "pavement" seen at the state park may represent the earliest known self portrait.
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Among the evidences of the kraken attacks are many more ribs broken in the shonisaur fossils than would seem accidental and the twisted necks of the ichthyosaurs. "It was either drowning them or breaking their necks."
Of course, it's the perfect Triassic crime because octopuses are mostly soft-bodied and don't fossilize well. Only their beaks, or mouth parts, are hard and the chances of those being preserved nearby are very low.
The article is full of speculation but some of the evidence does point to a very large predator attacking these giant dolphin looking reptiles in a similar way modern octopuses attack other prey. They mentioned a video of this behavior and I think it really does help their case. We already know octopi are deceptively intelligent and great hunters, doesn't seem like much of a stretch to me.

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[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9A-oxUMAy8&list=FLXMN20qDx9x2s3JvUU8v3WA&index=1"]Shark vs Octopus - YouTube[/ame]
Btw one of the comments is pretty funny-
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Old 10-12-2011, 06:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Octopi are highly intelligent, so I don't find this the least bit surprising or mysterious.
It is interesting though.
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Old 10-12-2011, 06:13 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Well the surprising mystery part is that a giant, kraken like, octopus existed in the first place. Because of how their bodies are they leave almost no evidence of their existence. We didn't even know about the colossal squid living in our modern oceans until fairly recently. The only good specimen that's been examined was a juvenile female that was about 30 feet long, weighed over a thousand pounds and had an eye that was almost 20 inches wide, the biggest of any living animal. Imagine how big the adults get? Nature scares me sometimes.
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Octopi are seriously bad ass predators. A GIANT kraken like octopus would totally rule the seas.
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If this turns out to be true then that thing was also really smart, which makes it even scarier. I've never heard of modern octopi showing this kind of intelligence but they are much smaller by comparison.
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Wrong one?

Seriously though, that's a really cool find DB

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  okay, the meme made me chuckle
  
  That's how people must feel when I come out of the water :(
  
  Hmm not a bad kracken
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  XD I was deciding whether to post my pic or this video :P
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