Science knows it by the name Architeuthis dux. For centuries, however, it was known by an altogether more infamous one – The Kraken. Aristotle first introduced us to the giant squid (which he called teuthos) in 350 BCE, and then, in AD 77-79, Pliny the Elder related a tale of a “polyp” that was killed during its attempt to steal salted fish from the fish ponds in Carteia (Ellis, pg. 123). Described as having 30-foot long arms, the beast has been identified as a squid. Giant squids have been seen throughout the world’s oceans, but they are quite common in the seas around Norway and Greenland.