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LUSCA

Lusca is a fascinating cryptid. It it said to dwell in the blue holes of the Bahamas. Still and tranquil pools of blue but home to the most sinister of cryptids, Lusca. Some say Lusca is part shark-part octoptus. 

Some eye-witnesses say Lusca is around 200ft in length. Although there have been few survivors. 

The Island of Andros in the Bahamas is home to many of these blue holes and curious people have tested out a theory that they all connect to each other deep under the sea by using dyes. This means that Lusca may not be in one hole at one time, it can travel. 

For me this is one of the most terrifying of cryptids, able the strike from great depths and in complete silence, you never really know when Lusca may be coming for you. 

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Nothing to see here, folks! Just your everyday average gigantic dead sea monster washing ashore in Indonesia, turning the water red with its icor and reminding us of the vast unknowable depths that surround us filled with living nightmares - some of which are apparently bigger than this thing because it looks like it lost a fight. Anyway, have fun at the beach!

Mythological Throwback Thursday: Kraken

It’s Mythological Throwback Thursday! This week we’re cracking the case of one of the most fearsome sea monsters of all time. In the icy waters of the far north, we seek the Kraken!

The Kraken (from the Norwegian word krake, an approximate translation of which would be ‘twisted creature’) is a gargantuan and mysterious aquatic beast. The first clear record we have of this legendary creature is from Örvar-Oddr, a 13th-century Icelandic saga, in which it was referred to as the hafgufa. It is said to be large enough to swallow whales and ships; indeed it was claimed to be possible to sail through its mouth.

Early scientists speculated that the Kraken was incapable of reproduction, for their numbers were so small. Compared to an island in size, it was said that they lured in vast shoals of prey-fish by regurgitating part of their previous meal, then swallowing them up. Eugh. This disgusting tendency was nevertheless also a lure for fishermen, who sought the bounteous hauls of such a swarming.

Tales of the Kraken may have been influenced by the story of the Greek sea monster, Charybdis. Both creatures are told to generate vicious whirlpools that could easily sink ships, and both have gigantic, monstrous forms and appetites.

Norwegian Erik Pontoppidan, 18th-century bishop of Bergen, said that the Kraken could pull down even the largest warship with its tentacles. The consensus among 18th-century investigators was that it was a type of gigantic cephalopod, a colossal octopus or squid, but earlier descriptions pitched it as more of a crab-like or whale-like being.

Tales of gigantic sea monsters have petered out as we have learned more about the ocean depths and the areas in which they might hide from us have shrunk. This hasn’t diminished their presence in fiction though: the Kraken had a prominent role in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, and features in works by Tennyson, Melville, Jules Verne and China Miéville. As a mysterious, powerful and deadly being, it seems the appeal of the Kraken will not soon disappear to the depths…

Thanks for taking the plunge with us! We look forward to seeing you again next week for another Mythological Throwback Thursday!

Mythological Throwback Thursday: Kraken

It’s Mythological Throwback Thursday! This week we’re cracking the case of one of the most fearsome sea monsters of all time. In the icy waters of the far north, we seek the Kraken!

The Kraken (from the Norwegian word krake, an approximate translation of which would be ‘twisted creature’) is a gargantuan and mysterious aquatic beast. The first clear record we have of this legendary creature is from Örvar-Oddr, a 13th-century Icelandic saga, in which it was referred to as the hafgufa. It is said to be large enough to swallow whales and ships; indeed it was claimed to be possible to sail through its mouth.

Early scientists speculated that the Kraken was incapable of reproduction, for their numbers were so small. Compared to an island in size, it was said that they lured in vast shoals of prey-fish by regurgitating part of their previous meal, and then swallowed them up. Eugh. This disgusting tendency was nevertheless also a lure for fishermen, who sought the bounteous hauls of such a swarming.

Tales of the Kraken may have been influenced by the story of the Greek sea monster, Charybdis. Both creatures are told to generate vicious whirlpools that could easily sink ships, and both have gigantic, monstrous forms and appetites.

Norwegian Erik Pontoppidan, 18th-century bishop of Bergen, said that the Kraken could pull down even the largest warship with its tentacles. The consensus among 18th-century investigators was that it was a type of gigantic cephalopod, a colossal octopus or squid, but earlier descriptions pitched it as more of a crab-like or whale-like being.

Tales of gigantic sea monsters have petered out as we have learned more about the ocean depths and the areas in which they might hide from us have shrunk. This hasn’t diminished their presence in fiction though: the Kraken had a prominent role in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, and features in works by Tennyson, Melville, Jules Verne and China Miéville. As a mysterious, powerful and deadly being of alien intelligence and shape, it seems the appeal of the Kraken will not soon disappear to the depths…

Thanks for taking the plunge with us! We look forward to seeing you again next week for another Mythological Throwback Thursday!

Puzzles, Promises, and Paws

(Unfinished Sterek fic with Fox!Stiles. I used elements of this in a different fic in the end, so this one became abandoned.)
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Typical. It’s just typical.

When things happen around Stiles, they usually happen in tandem. One thing leads to another thing, that leads to something else, that leads to another really big, annoying thing that Stiles does not want to deal with. Basically, his life is one big Rube Goldberg Machine with twenty different parts all smashing into each other in a very Mouse-Trap-esk way that usually ends with him—the mouse—trapped under a plastic net.

Or, you know, locked up with chains in yet another creepy basement.

Is it weird that he’s glad it’s witches instead of crazy Hunters this time?

“This is really, super pointless, you know.”

The witches look up from their witchy-muttering and scowl without comment. Yes, this is about the tenth time he’s managed to catch their attention by saying just about the same thing. He actually has no clue why they even bother looking up anymore, but it’s funny and maybe delaying his inevitable death.

“You’re not going to get any information from me,” he says, trying a different track.

One of the older witches sighs, dropping her head down like she just can’t.

“I am starting to think we have made a mistake,” she murmurs to the others, sending the younger three into a babble of promises about how they did get it right, the boy is just being difficult. Which, hell yeah he’s being difficult, theirs a bunch of witches being creepy in a basement with him.

The eldest, not looking convinced at all, gestures to Stiles with clear distaste, “He has not accepted the craft into his bosom.”

“Whoooaa… ” Stiles shakes his head. “Whoa—okay, no, you’re right, I have not. For one thing, I don’t have bosoms to accept crafts into. For another, i’m not that into pipe cleaners and glitter glue, so, you know.”

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anonymous asked:

magical girl/boy AUs? Like the crime fighting superhero types

  • “You pulled a practical joke on me and I accidentally triggered my magical transformation so now I’m standing here in full costume and holy crap I am so sorry about your eyes. Don’t worry your sight will come back…in like…a few hours…” AU
  • Character A was worried that being a costume designer wasn’t going to earn them very much money, but with their city having such a high number of magically gifted superheros needing post-transformation outfits that are flashy and memorable, Character A has their hands full with repairs, alterations, and creating new outfits.
  • When Character A, an everyday student, adopts a weird looking Betta Fish from the pet store, it turns out that it’s a magical fish. In return for Character A’s generosity, it grants Character A with magical abilities that will activate whenever Character A is in danger. This would be pretty cool, but Character A has a lot of anxiety and often triggers their magical transformation sequence at odd moments.
  • “I know that there’s a giant squid monster that’s attacking the city but I can’t get my glow-y magical sequence-y thing on! I don’t know why, don’t you think I’m trying?!?!” AU
  • Character A and B are a crime fighting duo! Working together to fight evil, they take extensive precautions to make sure that the other never sees them outside of costume. So much, in fact, that Character A doesn’t realize that the barista that they’ve been flirting with is Character B, their crime fighting partner.

I really wanted to revisit an OC I made a long time ago. His name is Gus and he’s the owner of an island resort. He’s really big and dorky and shy but very polite and likes talking about the weather!

He’s also cursed to turn into a giant squid/kraken once a month, so being a ship-devouring monster can be problematic sometimes, but hey, at least he can be the only island resort around by eliminating potential competition~

anonymous asked:

Sterek prompt: something with Stiles as a mermaid. Like maybe Derek is a mermaid hunter and Stiles ends up in his net.

Cursed your captain and stow me below
Hold me amongst all your cards
Oh we were sea bound and aimless at best,
Clutching to the wheel and those charts,
but that sea was just a gambler at heart [x]

If you ever haul one in, his father told him once, long ago, kill it. Slit the neck and arms but don’t damage the tail - it’s worth its weight in gold.

His father said a lot of things when he was alive, most of them in jest, but he was dead serious when he told Derek about the merfolk. He showed Derek a scale once, big as his thumbnail, shining an iridescent rainbow of colors in the sunlight, said he pulled it off a mermaid he’d hauled up with his grandfather. Laura never believed it - she said it was just a worn piece of seashell. Derek found it amongst his father’s things after he died, and he was sure it was no seashell; the thing was hard as metal, the curved edge sharp enough to cut his finger. It was the only thing of his father’s he’d kept beside the boat.

Derek loved the sea. Calm and volatile at turns, shifting green to grey to black to blue, he felt at home atop its waves, wasn’t frightened of its endless depths. He could stay out there for days, and often did, sleeping on the deck when the skies were clear and the stars shine brilliant and plentiful overhead.

There were plenty of stories about the things that lived down there; his father wasn’t the only fisherman with stories to tell. Merfolk, giant squid, sea monsters, phantom islands, ghostly ships - Derek took it all in good humor and a grain of salt. He knew the sea, knew its tricks. Maybe those things were out there, or maybe not, but sailors were a superstitious lot and he always erred on the side of caution, never whistled at sea, painted eyes on the prow of the boat to guide him, tattooed the north star on his chest to always bring him home.

Still, superstitious or not, Derek never expected to see anything. He’d seen seals once, miles and miles from shore, and he’d seen fog roll in so dense and fast it became dark as night at midday, and he’d seen freak waves swell from nothing to tower over his boat, but he never expected to haul his net over the side of the boat and have a merman spill across his deck, mixed in with a score of cod.

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The Kraken

The Kraken is a legendary sea monster of giant proportions that is said to dwell off the coasts of Norway and Greenland. The legend may have originated from sightings of giant squid that are estimated to grow to 13–15 m (40–50 ft) in length, including the tentacles.