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This article focuses on the sea creature species.
For the similar sea creatures, see giant squids.
I spent a lifetime running away from those beasts.
Captain Nemo to Hook src

Krakens are a species featured on ABC's Once Upon a Time. They are native to the Enchanted Forest, and first appear in the sixth episode of the sixth season.

Krakens are based on the species of the same name from the mythology, and take the place of the giant squids from the novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, and the Disney film 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.


Krakens are huge sea creatures that are different from giant squids. However, they are not as large as the mythological kraken, and come in different sizes. Their tentacles are strong enough to latch onto a human and drag them away. They are also known to be very dangerous, as many seamen prefer to run away from them. However, according to Hook, this attitude made them unable to expect hunters. ("Dark Waters", "A Wondrous Place")

Krakens' blood can be used to travel between any world. ("A Wondrous Place")


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During First Curse

After Captain Hook joins Captain Nemo and Liam on a treasure hunt in an underwater grotto, a kraken grabs onto him with its tentacles, but before he is dragged underwater, Nemo and Liam are able to free him from the creature. ("Dark Waters")

After Third Curse

At the time when Aladdin and Jasmine were off the coast of the Enchanted Forest, they were attacked by a kraken only to be saved by Captain Hook and the crew of the Nautilus. If they slayed the kraken, they could've made it to Storybrooke, but instead the kraken retreats to his underwater dwelling before Hook can catch it. ("A Wondrous Place")


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