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Alpena Releases the Kraken!

Region 3, July 23, 2013
Alpena FWCO's R/V Kraken has garnered public attention across the region.
Alpena FWCO's R/V Kraken has garnered public attention across the region. - Photo Credit: n/a
This dual purpose, 21-foot, customized Oquawka boat, will be primarily used in the newly implemented Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) monitoring program within the Great Lakes.
This dual purpose, 21-foot, customized Oquawka boat, will be primarily used in the newly implemented Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) monitoring program within the Great Lakes. - Photo Credit: n/a

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service biologists at the Alpena Fish & Wildlife Conservation Office, Waterford Substation, rejoiced in the launch of a new vessel to their fleet, the R/V Kraken. This dual purpose, 21 foot, customized Oquawka boat, will be primarily used in the newly implemented Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) monitoring program within the Great Lakes. It will also be used with lake sturgeon monitoring and habitat restoration projects in the St. Clair-Detroit River System.

 

The etymology of the kraken stems from legendary Nordic tales of the giant squid. Mythological tales paint the kraken as a monster of gargantuan size with frightening attributes terrorizing ships. Recent research discoveries portray the kraken as having profound intelligence, immense size, and a ferocious predatory nature. Thus, such a description is fitting for a vessel looking to tasked with hunting invasive species.

The R/V Kraken has already garnered public attention. The general public has been incredibly receptive to the new vessel. They have stopped to ask questions regarding the vessel, the work it is used for and to inform the fish biologists on how unique the name is. This great public interest is possibly linked to the fascination of old folktales of giant kraken, recent footage on the Discovery Channel, highlights of the kraken from recent movies (Pirates of the Caribbean, Clash of the Titans, etc.), or great novels like Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. In any case, Alpena FWCO is thrilled with the public’s interest towards the new vessel and exhilarated to be a part of something so special. It gives crews an opportunity to interact with the community and explain the new AIS monitoring program, invasive species, or aquatic ecosystems within the Great Lakes.

 

Contact Info: Eric Stadig, 248-891-1298, Eric_Stadig@fws.gov