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Interesting, But Wish More Info Existed On This Beast
am 2. Mai 2000
Since childhood I've been intrigued with undiscovered places, animals, and mysteries. It was with a flush of excitement that I saw the giant pink squid complete with hubcap eye staring out at me from the nature bookshelf. It beckoned to come and read about the search for this elusive creature. Visions of the medieval woodblock of the Kraken demolishing a ship danced in my head. I am ashamed to admit that I was indeed hoping for some Benchley-esque anecdotal stories of fishermen battling against this 60 foot long monster, but of course that wasn't to be. Ellis produces a very scholarly, disciplined, non-tabloid <grin> detective novel, describing the previous sightings and ultimate resting places for the carcasses. Much of the writing is speculative since none of these animals have been captured or observed in the wild. The famous mythos of sperm whale battles at great depths are examined, as are the earliest recorded wash-ups on shore. It is a pity that more information has not surfaced about their eating and living patterns. But again, what little information there is available is presented well, and it becomes clear that Ellis is quite enamored with this mysterious denizen of the murky depths. I do agree however with some of the other reviews, that this information could have been distilled into a serialized article in a nature magazine or similar. It's rather eerie and actually scary to consider Ellis' description of these giants, hanging motionless in the dark ocean forever watching with their unblinking eyes, waiting for the chance to dine. Overall, an interesting read, which should lead one to perk up their ears if there is ever a report of one of these beasts being captured or observed in the wild.