A long forgotten newspaper account has revived interest in the legendary sea monsters: giant squids.
These ferocious creatures with giant snake-like arms measured up to 60 feet long and with a huge parrot-like beaks have been known to crush a whale as well as a ship when they are in their grip, according to the Sept. 1, 1918 edition of the Washington Times.
German Submarines had Invaded Breeding Ground
The newspaper reported that according to a U.S. government source, German subs had unwittingly invaded an infested breeding ground of the giant squids near Flamiih Cap., Newfoundland and the results had been disastrous for the Germans.
“The conditions of some of the fragments of the squid found argues that the creatures had been at battle with some adversary more powerful than any sea creature,” the source told a reporter.
The article then went on to describe how such a battle between a German sub and a giant squid would play out.
“The latest [German] submarines are formidable vessels between 200 and 300 feet in length, but their equilibrium beneath the water is exceptionally delicate, and required but very little shock to wreak or disable them,” the government source told the Washington Times.
The source then goes on to describe the last minutes of a German sub and its crew locked in mortal battle with a giant squid.
“The squid, 135 feet in length, may have locked a giant submarine in its arms, rolled it over and in this manner cause the generation of poisonous gases within,’ causing a horrible death for every crew member, he said.
German Subs Had No Defense
The source added that while the German subs might have had a chance to defend themselves when a giant squid attacked them when they were on the surface, they had no defense against the creatures when submerged.