posted on Oct, 14 2011 @ 05:05 PM
reply to post by bigfatfurrytexan
The coelacanth was not a legendary beast of folklore. And yes it wasn't likely to be alive, it just happened to have survived undetected by science
If you're are suggesting that because the coelacanth is still alive that means these giant octopi survived long enough to inspire the kraken legend I
think that's fallacious reasoning. Merely because one species manages to survive millions of years relatively unchanged doesn't mean that any or all
species that old are likely to survive unchanged. In fact they are unlikely to do so. The coelacanth is the exception, NOT THE RULE.
Of course it's possible that giant octopus managed to inspire the legend but that doesn't make it likely or probable. The entire point of my first
post was that this scientist isn't going to win many friends calling this the kraken for this exact reason. They have no evidence that this is the
octopus that inspired the kraken legends, this one lived millions of years ago and that's all they have evidence for thus far.