Fear of Big Things Underwater

Published 2022-10-04
Below the thunders of the upper deep,
Far, far beneath in the abysmal sea

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The Kraken by Katie Dey: katiedey.bandcamp.com/album/the-kraken
Additional Voices by Mark Brown: twitter.com/gamemakerstk

Introduction: 0:00
1- The Kraken: 1:44
2- The Imagined Depths: 12:28
3- The Drowned Giants: 19:13
4- Just Before the End: 28:30
5- The Great Unknown: 34:51
Epilogue: 41:54

Media Used: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), The Drowned Giant (2021), Subnautica, Iron Lung, In Other Waters

Music Used (chronologically): Dismantle (Peter Sandberg), Deciphering Tool (Jon Bjork), Ennui (Cody High), Oceanic Adventure (Bonnie Grace), Trapped Underwater (Kikoru), Scared of Water (Kikoru), Arc Lights, Bone Fields (Subnautica), Underwater Findings (Deskant), Is (Sandra Marteleur), Humdrum Days (Franz Gordon), Thrilling India 2 (August Wilgelmsson), Heavy Respite (Martin Klem), The Deepest Cave (Farrell Wooten), Ghostlight (Iron Lung), The Carousel (The Evil Within), Amid Bones (Iron Lung), At the End of Nothing (Silver Maple), Of Sober Mind (Christoffer Moe Ditlevsen), The Kraken (Katie Dey)

Kraken (Wendy Williams, 2010)
Kraken (China Mieville, 2010)
Monsters of the Sea (Richard Ellis, 1994)
The Kraken: When Myth Encounters Science (Salvador & Tomotani, 2013)
The Natural History of Norway (Erik Pontoppidan, 1755)
Underland (Robert Macfarlane, 2019)
The Drowned Giant (J.G. Ballard, 1964)
The Metamorphosis of Unknown Animals into Fabulous Beasts and of Fabulous Beasts into Known Animals (Bernard Heuvelmans, 1990)
Chasing Ice (Orlowski, 2012)
Giant Squid (Clyde Roper, Smithsonian 2018): ocean.si.edu/ocean-life/invertebrates/giant-squid
The Squid Hunter (David Grann, 2004): www.newyorker.com/magazine/2004/05/24/the-squid-hu…
Why Do Deep Sea Creatures Evolve Into Giants? (Real Science, 2022): https://youtu.be/uYR4ZMlLUwI
Tsunami reveals ancient temple sites (Paddy Maguire, 2005): news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4312024.stm
Mahabalipuram: The Temple that Rose from the Sea (Aditi Shah, 2018): www.livehistoryindia.com/story/monuments/mahabalip…
Mahabalipuram: Sea, Surfing and Shore Temple (Uttara Gangopadhyay, 2018): www.outlookindia.com/outlooktraveller/explore/stor…
Tsunami Footage: https://youtu.be/ks5p-slN4Mc
As the Great Salt Lake Dries Up, Utah Faces An ‘Environmental Nuclear Bomb’ (Christopher Flavelle, 2022): www.nytimes.com/2022/06/07/climate/salt-lake-city-…
Owens Valley Salty As Los Angeles Water Battle Flows Into Court (Kirk Siegler, 2013): www.npr.org/2013/03/11/173463688/owens-valley-salt…
3rd set of human remains discovered at Lake Mead (Adriana Navarro, 2022): www.accuweather.com/en/climate/3rd-set-of-human-re…
Adventuring With Beebe (Beebe, The Viking Press, New York, 1955, p.81-82): sites.google.com/site/cwilliambeebe/Home/bathysphe…
Discovery Channel: Monster Squid - It Lives (2011): https://youtu.be/k7oyNFFTi10
Edie Widder and Nathan Robinson via OceanExplorerGov: https://youtu.be/Lqim34DvCrs
Gennaro, J.F. Jr. 1971. The Creature Revealed. Natural History, March 1971
Pierce, S., G. Smith, T. Maugel & E. Clark 1995. On the Giant Octopus (Octopus giganteus) and the Bermuda Blob: Homage to A. E. Verrill. Biological Bulletin 188: 219-230
Pierce, S., S. Massey, N. Curtis, G. Smith, C. Olavarría & T. Maugel 2004. Microscopic, Biochemical, and Molecular Characteristics of the Chilean Blob and a Comparison With the Remains of Other Sea Monsters: Nothing but Whales. Biological Bulletin 206: 125–133.
Additional photos from:
Y23 at English Wikipedia
Additional Footage from Getty Images
Additional Music and Sound from Epidemic Sound

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Description Credit: Alfred Lord Tennyson

All Comments (21)
  • Jacob Geller
    This video, including the original song at the end, was 100% funded by my patrons. Join my Patreon and I will put in a good word for you with the kraken: www.patreon.com/JacobGeller
  • Joeri Spek
    When I was 19 years old, I went skinny dipping into the sea with some people. It sounded like such a good idea on the well-lit beach. As we ran from the beach towards the sea, the light would become dimmer and dimmer. You could still see the waves crashing on the shore, but as we jumped in and swam a little bit we suddenly noticed the blackness of the water. All the light of the lamps at the beach were swallowed by the water, and as we observed it felt as if the light had a limit. There on the beach and at the shoreline was the safety of a visible world, but we had just entered a void. With nothing to see and only to feel, water swushed around us and it suddenly didn't feel as if we were in the sea anymore. It had become something akin to outer space. Me and my friends felt a fear run down our bodies that felt so primitive; so vulnerable. We swam, ran and clawed our way out of the water and never looked back that night. I love the sea and the ocean, but we'll always be a visitor.
  • flyingdugong
    I swear to god this man could write a script about the history of bread and make it sound like some sleeping eldritch god. Fantastic work sir 👌
  • GrubbinVGM
    Hearing Mark Brown's voice randomly was such a fun addition. He has a great voice
  • Noah J
    I absolutely love your use of credits in every video jacob. I always watch the video all the way to the end because you structure your videos in a way that simply can't allow skipping over the credits. Thank you for putting so much quality work into every video.
  • Very Bored
    Just wanted to appreciate 19:40 going from a seamless long unedited take of you explaining multiple parts of the kraken including reading excerpts of the book Kraken, to a perfect match cut
  • Your previous "Fear of..." videos made me think of caves and the cold as Lovecraftian entities, so when I saw the title of this video, my mind immediately jumped to Cthulhu.
  • Wendigoon
    It is hard to quantify, but I am almost comfortable with the overwhelming dread of the sea. It's as if, in a time when natural conquers and untouchable lands are relegated to history, I feel a sense of pride that the ocean is our final frontier, and after it is inevitably discovered and documented, we'll be left with one less fairytale. The part about beasts becoming animals is cathartic, I love each discovery but know I will only get to discover it once. Incredible video, Inspiring as always.
  • NightDocs
    I genuinely enjoy your amazing storytelling. You’re a master wordsmith and it inspires me to think more intentionally about my own for my videos. Cheers ❤
  • Salty Tyranitar
    I don't know if Jacob is aware of the oarfish, but I think it at least deserves a shout-out in the same capacity as the Kraken/Giant Squid. Sea serpents are very real, majestic and beautiful in their natural habitat, and yet we know very little about them beyond what scraps wash up on shore and the brief, tantalizing videos we have of them swimming in the depths.
  • Davis Hickey
    My man, I absolutely admire your dedication to theatrical presentation.

    You consistently have the most hypnotic and entrancing videos I can find on this website. They always leave me thinking for days afterwards. And a big part of that is because of how you present it.

    You are genuinely the best writer I have seen on YouTube and I get as giddy as a schoolgirl every time I see a new video from you pop up in my feed.

    Keep up the good work, it's appreciated.
  • k0shmar
    I feel like for me, my fear deep water and monsters lurking in it is one that I actually like to trigger. Whenever I look at a picture or a video of a sea creature or even just the deep ocean it’s so uncomfortable and unnerving but I just can’t look away, I find myself just looking this kinda stuff up.
  • Always impressed by the breadth of subject matter you cover. Literally every upload is exciting because I have no idea what rabbit hole you're gonna drag me down next
  • Trevor
    Hey Jacob, I worked on the Owens lake drybed restoration project (phase 2) back in 2003. We laid 7 miles of 56" (inside height) steel and concrete lined water pipeline, about 50' deep in the sand. What a crazy experience. It was over 110°F in the shade. You drank over a gallon of water each day. Anything plastic became like playdough. The dust was choking, the wet sand was so caustic you had to wear rubber boots, it ate out cloths and burned exposed skin.
    The first phase already in place, they used shallow flooding irrigation to grow tall grass marsh plants, as a test to control the dust and erosion. The affect they didn't think about, this shallow flooding leached out through the sand and collect deeper where we had to run the pipeline. It created sinkholes that ate bulldozers, and that water running through the crap in the sand made it super concentrated. It would burn skin if you rinse it off. We had to run dozens of huge pumps 24/7 to keep our dich dry. But with no real soil to absorb and hold that pumped water, it just leached back into the ditch. Setting the pipe was fairly easy and the welders followed behind us, welding inside and outside the pipe. My favorite job, was cleaning up after the welders inside the pipe. You lay on a small wheeled dolly, and start heading into the pipeline. At each joint, you do a quick sweep and pickup the burned up arc welder sticks. It was well lit the first hundred feet or so, but it quickly became a pin head of light untill it faded into a void. I enjoyed the adventure and how much cooler it was compared to the surface. Plus being the only person to not come screaming back out with claustrophobia earned me some free drinks back in town. And I got to stay in/ work on an old travel trailer that was used in one of the "I Love Lucy" movies. It was abandoned near Lone Pine, where tons of films still get shot around there. It ended up in the little trailer park, where I ended up staying. After that pipeline phase finished, I stayed there, becoming the trailer park/ campground manager, building maintenance man and cook at the Frost Chalet, the local ice cream and burger joint.
    Thanks for all your videos, but especially this one for taking me back on memory lane.
  • Emma Flood
    My first knowledge of the kraken probably came from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies and although the last movie of the first trilogy isn’t the strongest I did think the image of the kraken washed ashore was a pretty powerful way to raise the stakes. Amazing video as always, I love enormous creatures so much and will always be in awe of both fictional and real giants.
  • Joe Ingalls
    Jacob, I think this just may be your most captivating, well written, and thorough of your videos I've seen. And as far as I know, I've seen all of your videos (of this style at least). Your presentation style is very unique. I love how you move from an extremely well thought out concept to crass slang from time to time. Amazing
  • Bjarki Pálsson
    You "Fear of" videos are my new favorite thing on youtube, hope you keep making more. Your narration/writing is absolutely 10/10, you nail the vibe of your writing.
  • TheSaviorOfSouls
    Jacob your work influences and affects me in ways no other...thing ever has.
    I know it can seem like a small thing, but the fact that your videos excist is such a wonderful reality.
    And i hope you will make many more.

    Thank you for the effort and all the knowledge etc. You share in your videos. I certainly wouldnt have found them on my own.
  • blackdome98
    More often than not, I lack the patience for video essays, especially ones longer than 15 minutes.
    But I watch your stuff with such fascination and engagement, it is a delight to see myself be marveled like this.
    And seeing the video matieral of the squid in it's naturak habitat actually made me cry, I don't quite know why.
  • AlexXx
    A fun interaction with the Reaper Leviathan in Subnautica: if you hold a live fish in your hand when the Reaper approaches you, instead of attacking you it will eat the fish. I like this interaction, it reminds you that you are dealing with an animal, not some kind of a 'scary monster'. And the likely reason it attacks the player is only because they intrude on its territory.