Operating in South Gippsland we offer many choices in your enjoyment of the waters around Wilson's sPromontory. We love all aspects of the water in all its moods - the fun of the waves, the tranquillity of the Franklin River and the sheer pleasure derived from the absolute freedom of the ocean. We want to share this with you.
Our Prom Coast Discovery Tours are a fabulous way to see the coastline of magnificent Wilson's Promontory and the surrounding islands, as well as enjoying an exciting ride in an open boat down along the Tasman Sea.
The Kraken is a 7.8m RIB that is also capable of high speed crew and cargo transport. A great platform for Photography and other forms of filming.
The Legend of the Kraken
Probably no legendary sea monster was as horrifying as the Kraken. According
to stories this huge, many armed, creature could reach as high as the top of a
sailing ship's main mast. A kraken would attack a ship by wrapping their arms
around the hull and capsizing it. The crew would drown or be eaten by the monster.
What's amazing about the kraken stories is that, of all the sea monster tales
we have, we have the best evidence that this creature was based on something
Tales of a huge, many armed, headed or horned sea creatures exist from
ancient times. The Greek legend of the Scylla, a monster with six heads
that Odysseus must sail past during his travels, is an example of this
tradition. In 1555 Olaus Magnus wrote of a sea creature with "sharp and
long Horns round about, like a Tree root up by the Roots: They are ten or
twelve cubits long, very black, and with huge eyes..."
Although the term kraken is first found
in print in Systema Naturae (Carolus Linnaeus - 1735), stories about
this monster seem to date back to twelfth century Norway. These tales often refer to
a creature so big that it is mistaken for an island or series of islands. Even
as late as 1752, when the Bishop of Bergen, Erik Ludvigsen Pontoppidan, wrote
his The Natural History of Norway he described the kraken as
"incontestably the largest Sea monster in the world" with a width of
one and a half miles. The Bishop also noted that the animal had starfish type
protuberances: "It seems these are the creature's arms, and, it is said,
if they were to lay hold of the largest man-of-war, they would pull it down to
the bottom." Despite this Pontoppidan says that the most danger the kraken
represented to ships came from the disturbance it made as it came to the
surface or whirlpool as created as it descended below. Because fish were
attracted to the vicinity of the kraken, he also notes, Norwegian fishermen
would often fish over the creature, despise the risk to their ship and their
The Kraken of legend is probably what we know today as the giant squid
. While a colossal octopus
might also fit
the description, the squid is thought to be much more aggressive and more
likely to come to the surface where it might be seen by man. Though giant
squids are considerably less then a mile and a half across, some are thought to
be large enough to wrestle with a whale. On at least three occasions in the
1930's they reportedly attacked a ship. While the squids got the worst of these
encounters when they slid into the ship's propellers, the fact that they
attacked at all shows that it is possible for these creatures to mistake a
vessel for a whale.
Is it a Kraken or a Giant Squid?
Could a large squid, say a hundred feet long and weighing two or three tons,
attack a small ship by accident and capsize it? Given that some ocean crossing
vessels at the time were very small (for example, Columbus's Pinta was only 60 feet in
length), it certainly seems a possibility. Allegedly this is what occurred to