A-mi’-kuk

Okay, this critter just hits my phobia buttons. It’s all too easy for me to imagine paddling along, sitting low in the dark, cold, seemingly bottomless water, and suddenly the tentacles burst up all around me.

The story loses a little bit of its punch when it gets to the “swimming through earth” part, at least for me. That just seems like they’re embellishing. Of course, that would essentially make the A-Mi’-Kuk a graboid from Tremors, and that would be no joke.

A Book of Creatures

Variations: Ă-mi’-kuk, Ä-mi’-kuk

A-mi-kuk

Kayakers in the cold seas of the Arctic Circle are the A-mi’-kuk’s favorite prey. The last thing they see are the a-mi’-kuk’s prehensile tentacles exploding from under the surface and wrapping around them, dragging both kayaker and boat under.

The a-mi’-kuk is large, leathery-skinned, and slimy. Its four long tentacular arms are used for seizing prey and swimming rapidly through the water. There is no escaping it – it will follow prey taking refuge on ice by swimming below it and bursting out onto the surface. Making for land is equally futile, as the a-mi’-kuk can swim through the earth with as much ease as it does through water.

A-mi’-kuks around St. Michael, Alaska, are known to migrate underground to inland lakes. The presence of one is a good sign for the lake. When an a-mi’-kuk leaves its lake, the channel it digs drains it dry, but…

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