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Author Topic: A Natural History of the Air Kraken  (Read 33492 times)
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« Reply #100 on: November 18, 2011, 08:17:40 pm »

I'd like to point out a possible flaw in the classification of the AirKraken... reveiwing the accounts and images, I believe there must be more than one species of AirKraken, and if this is the case, each one deserves it's own unique classification.

Well, yes but we simply don't know enough about them. Air kraken is sufficient for the moment. I mean there's more than one species of Octopus, but they're still called Octopuses.
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« Reply #101 on: November 18, 2011, 08:51:19 pm »

I'd like to point out a possible flaw in the classification of the AirKraken... reveiwing the accounts and images, I believe there must be more than one species of AirKraken, and if this is the case, each one deserves it's own unique classification.

Well, yes but we simply don't know enough about them. Air kraken is sufficient for the moment. I mean there's more than one species of Octopus, but they're still called Octopuses.

And as long as people keep eating them instead of researching (due to the fact that apparently they taste like chicken) this is not going to change! In fact I wonder, how much of the chicken consumed is in fact "chicken"?
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« Reply #102 on: November 18, 2011, 09:12:48 pm »

In fact I wonder, how much of the chicken consumed is in fact "chicken"?

That's the type of question that can get an inquisitive mind disappeared into one of the Ministry's black bags.
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« Reply #103 on: November 18, 2011, 09:53:30 pm »

Their tendency to spontaneously explode if harpooned or shot and dissolve or liquefy shortly after death if otherwise snared, makes gaining specimens for classification a bit of a problem
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« Reply #104 on: November 18, 2011, 11:10:19 pm »

That's why you have to lasso 'em with an air lasso...
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« Reply #105 on: November 18, 2011, 11:22:09 pm »

There is of course the recently restored footage of the famous 1897 "Nebraska sighting", which was recovered when the wreckage of the airsip Achilles was found by an arctic survey team last year.

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« Reply #106 on: November 18, 2011, 11:26:44 pm »

OOPS! Double posting  Embarrassed
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« Reply #107 on: November 19, 2011, 02:01:39 am »

I've always wondered what became of the cat I placed  into the  experimental airship I launched a couple of years ago.  The airship was recovered in a tree 5 miles away from my lab. The cat could not be found and it is unlikely it jumped from the cabin, since the door was still duct-taped (come on... it was a W.I.P.  no time to install proper cat-friendly latches, OK? for the cat lovers among the readers, I did install a restraint harness, but since it too was missing I thought the cat chewed it from the mounting brackets)
God help us if these things  start attacking fully manned airships.
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« Reply #108 on: November 19, 2011, 02:24:27 am »

I've always wondered what became of the cat I placed  into the  experimental airship I launched a couple of years ago.  The airship was recovered in a tree 5 miles away from my lab. The cat could not be found and it is unlikely it jumped from the cabin, since the door was still duct-taped (come on... it was a W.I.P.  no time to install proper cat-friendly latches, OK? for the cat lovers among the readers, I did install a restraint harness, but since it too was missing I thought the cat chewed it from the mounting brackets)
God help us if these things  start attacking fully manned airships.

I agree, we can't have feral attack cats preying on aerial shiping. Oh, wait, you meant...
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« Reply #109 on: November 19, 2011, 03:59:54 am »

I wonder, can you train an air Kraken?
Not just to fetch or heel on a leash, but to protect an airship, or even attack an enemy airship!

The saying "walkies" to an air Kraken seems somewhat odd
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« Reply #110 on: November 19, 2011, 03:58:00 pm »

There have been attempts to domesticate the buggers, using hatchlings captured during the annual hunt in spring. All documented attempts have failed. Either resulting the death of the handler and or the kraken itself.

As for 'Walkies' maybe we should instead try
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« Reply #111 on: November 19, 2011, 05:52:06 pm »

I'd like to point out a possible flaw in the classification of the AirKraken... reveiwing the accounts and images, I believe there must be more than one species of AirKraken, and if this is the case, each one deserves it's own unique classification.

Well, yes but we simply don't know enough about them. Air kraken is sufficient for the moment. I mean there's more than one species of Octopus, but they're still called Octopuses.

I meant the suggest scientific classification, it was something like 'Krakana Areonuatica'. For example Blue Ringed Octopi have a unique scientific name, even if they are still simply refered to a octopi.
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« Reply #112 on: November 20, 2011, 06:26:24 am »

I meant the suggest scientific classification, it was something like 'Krakana Areonuatica'. For example Blue Ringed Octopi have a unique scientific name, even if they are still simply refered to a octopi.

It has been discussed, but at present there's quite heated debate over whether they're all even the same order, let alone genus.
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« Reply #113 on: November 27, 2011, 07:24:58 pm »

One would think that firing bolts at electricity at a such massive creature with enough hydrogen in it to fly as it does would lead to unaminously explosive results. That they don't go up instantly suggests to me that the gas bladders are kept well inside the body while the skin comes in two parts. An inner, insulating layer, and an outer, highly conductive layer. As the tesla bolt - or more naturally lightning as such a creature would often have to contend with - strikes the body it is conducted around it through the skin, but never passes into the interior of the body. Perhaps the tentacles - perhaps even a specialised one - could serve to direct such current back into the charged surroundings. It is possible that an evolved form of this defence could account for reports of bio-electric attacks from air kraken, given that most cephalopods lack such means.

Like this, the Karken should be quite safe from immolation provided the gas bladder contains only hydrogen and not oxygen. I can see the bladder as being thick and rubbery, and perhaps coated in thick oils to prevent the mxture of gasses in the event of puncture. The entrance to the bladder would also require organic filters - perhaps aided by oxygen devouring bacteria? - to ensure purity of the gas.

Another question would be, what is the arrangement of the gas baldders, and how to they stay 'level'? If we assume an appearance superficially similar to the common squid, as most depictions show, then the obvious location of the bladders would be in the body, likely near the rear(/fore? The end bit anyway). However this would result in the kraken floating end-up with the tentacles hanging below like a jellyfish (Indeed species that do behave this way could explain why some accounts claim they are jellyfish rather than true squid. However it is also possible there exist a seperate flying species that actually is related to the jellyfish). Most reports claim that the kraken can move horizontally, so this arrangement is simply not possible. Perhaps the bladders are closer to the mouth and a longer body with enough weight to act as a counter balance, coupled with exceptionally strong muscles on the tentacles and arms, could explain this. An alternate explanation - one which would help explain how such a creature could float in the first place - is that there are in fact smaller, secondary bladders running along the fully length of the squid, including inside the tentacles and at the ends of the arms.

Finally there is the question of why do they fly? What evolutionary advantage could there be? I can think of two reasons the air kraken may have evolved from the simpler lfying squid. The first is to spread their eggs over a wider area, therebye ensuring the expansion of their genetic line. The longer the squid can fly, the furthur the distance it can travel, and so the more eggs can be lain in places where there is no competition. The second is for the same reason the flying squid itself flies - to escape predators. The longer the squid can stay in the air, the less it has to worry about predators. As for the extreme size of the air kraken, there are two possibilities. Either simply that once the ability to fly has evolved, larger kraken can remain airborn for longer(indeed kraken never seem to fully descend while small species of airborn squid are occasionally seen near the ground). The other is that squid - and by logical extension, Kraken - are cannibalistic. They may have escaped predators in the sea, but now they have to contend with the each other as well as other airborne predators (in particular at small sizes they are vulnerable to predatory birds). These combined factors could lead first to the evolution of fully airborne squid from flying squid, and then the evolution of larger and larger kraken. If this is true it is possible that the Air Kraken is not actually directly related to the maritime Kraken, or it's smaller cousins the Collosal and Giant squid, and it is simply a case of convergent evolution. Alternatively the air kraken could have returned to the sea to become the maritime kraken, which itself is not directly related to normal squid, much as how whales and other marine mammals were originally land creatures that returned to the seas, long after we first left it.
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« Reply #114 on: February 26, 2012, 02:02:15 am »

It would appear that squids are able to move faster through air than water. That's probably how it all started.

http://www.nature.com/news/squid-can-fly-to-save-energy-1.10060
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« Reply #115 on: February 26, 2012, 03:29:32 am »

My question is this: What do the Air Kraken eat?

In all my travels, I have never seen one, but I have never been truly in the wild, so that could explain it. I presume they eat small birds, but would that be enough to sustain such a beast? If they travel in flocks(pods?) they would quickly decimate the bird population. Because of this, I must presume that they also will drift down to earth to eat any small mammals that they can find.

Also, do the kraken migrate? There have been no reports seeing flights of Kraken heading North or South, but that could be because we simply don't have the technology to see them yet.
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« Reply #116 on: February 26, 2012, 08:18:34 am »

Branta canadensis reproduce far more prodigiously than most people are aware, so much so that they would present a global ecological threat were it not for Air Kraken predation, particularly by North American species. As it is, spreading urbanization has resulted in a steady increase in numbers of B. canadensis, and studies conducted by the Leverkusen Institute of Paleocybernetics predict that Air Kraken populations will exhibit a similar increasing trend which is expected to lead to a concomitant increase in Air Kraken encounters in the coming decades.

It is also observed that the exceptionally low body density of Air Kraken results in a correspondingly low basal metabolic rate; consequently it is expected that most species of Air Kraken can survive for extended periods without feeding.
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« Reply #117 on: February 26, 2012, 01:44:49 pm »

I also suspect that some of the larger specimens of Air Kraken have symbiotic algae living within the lift chambers of their mantles, which would provide nourishment for them while they are altihibernating. I am basing this on the prevalence of green colouration as part of the anti-Kraken ceremonial garb worn on March 17th in many "civilized" countries.

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