Did Ancient Sea Monster Turn Prey Into Art? Claim that intelligent "kraken" roamed the ancient seas called "absurd." By Dan Vergano, National Geographic PUBLISHED November 01, 2013 0 Debate over the possible existence of an ancient kraken (shown fighting a sperm whale in the illustration above) has resurfaced at a scientific meeting. Photograph by dieKleinert, Alamy An intelligent ancient squid that rearranged the backbones of its prey into art? Fossil experts call it a fable, but one expert says to believe it. Related Stories Does Stuffing Animals Help Save Them? Syrians Race to Save Ancient City's Treasures from ISIS Why Do Small Birds Have Sweeter Songs?