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Proof of the existence of Cthulhu

Updated on May 23, 2012

A real life photo of Cthulu

We've heard rumors about it for years but we all thought it was a myth, a legend. But it's real and it's finally been found, the photo of Cthulu taken by Gustaf Johansen, the sole survivor of the ill-fated, New Zealand steamer, Alert. In 1925 Gustaf and his crew mates encountered the elder darkness, Cthulhu, who slumbers beneath the sea. Those who were not killed went mad from what they saw and Gustaf himself barely retained his sanity.

Gustaf's Journal

A tale of madness

In the days that Gustaf was adrift on the ocean, before his rescue, he manically scribbled down his experiences in his journal and in that Journal he also kept the photo seen below. It is unclear if the photographic equipment Gustaf used to take this picture belonged to him but it seems more likely that it belonged to the original crew of the Alert. It is assumed that they had intended to catch the elder god on camera themselves.

A framed print of the original photo

Cthulhu photograph
Cthulhu photograph

The restoration of the photo

You can own a copy

The above print is a direct copy of the actual photo as it exists today and, as you can see, is in relatively good shape, but far from perfect. The importance of this photo is obvious so I have decided to make it available to everyone that wants a copy. The below print is the same image but has been somewhat restored digitally.

If you would like to own a either one of these prints, simply click on the photos

Restored version of Gustaf's photo of Cthulhu

cthulu rises
cthulu rises

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      Ben Shadowheart 3 years ago

      If that could get any faker, then I'm a monkey's uncle.

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      Ramona 4 years ago from Arkansas

      Never heard of it. Is it the real Squidoo?hahaha

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      Ha ha. Funny!!! Why vote for the lesser evil!?

      You guys crack me up, I can always count on Squidoo for a good laugh.

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      thanks for sharing a rare photo.

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      SquidooPower 5 years ago

      @archlich-gentry: Totally agree!

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      archlich-gentry 5 years ago

      Cthulhu 2012! Why vote for the lesser evil?

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      SquidooPower 5 years ago

      @aesta1: Nope. 100% true.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Interesting. I always thought it was just a legend.

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      C A Chancellor 5 years ago from US/TN

      Wow -- quite a photo!

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      SquidooPower 5 years ago

      @Alana-r: HA! that's how soooo many people associate with Cthulhu. If it makes you feel better, it's one of my favorite pieces.

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      Alana-r 5 years ago

      This was a great read, i really enjoyed it. I had never heard of Cthulu, or so i thought it rang a bell with me. I looked it up and Metallica have a song called Call of Ktulu, they changed the name of Cthulu because the mention of him written or verbal is said to bring him closer, pretty interesting.

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      pinkrenegade lm 5 years ago

      I haven't heard of Cthulhu until now. Great lens.

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      Lori Green 6 years ago from Las Vegas

      I have never even heard of Cthulu before this lens. Good reading

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      Dan 6 years ago from CNY

      Lovecraft had some great stories, and the Cthulu mythos lives on...nice tribute.

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      SayGuddaycom 6 years ago

      All hail Cthulhu!

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      AaronSquid 6 years ago

      Great lens but I thought Cthullu might be a little taller? Then again pictures often make you look different - I bet Cthullu has the same problem with his passport photo too. Thanks for visiting and liking my 'sailing cufflinks lens'

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      SquidooPower 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks Tipi! Love your lenses and your moxy!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      A picture pains a thousand words once again!

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      SquidooPower 6 years ago

      @CruiseReady: I'll fix that for you by making sure I exposure to the strange and the bizarre on my lenses ;P

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      @SquidooPower: Oh my - I had no idea. I guess I have led a sheltered existence!

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      SquidooPower 6 years ago

      @WriterJanis2: Read H.P. Lovecraft's Call of Cthulu and all will become clear. Thanks for stopping by.

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      WriterJanis2 6 years ago

      Wow! How fascinating! Is this some kind of an unknown squid species?

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      SquidooPower 6 years ago

      @julieannbrady: I'm starting to suspect I have a thing for squishy critters, check out my lens Flying-Spaghetti-Monster and you will see what I mean! And thanks for coming by!

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      OMG ... first we had to deal with Moby Dick ... and then Jaws the indomitable shark ... now Cthulhu? Well, you've come to the right place ... let's call in a few octosquid.

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      SquidooPower 6 years ago

      @CruiseReady: (GASP!) You've never head of H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu???? OMG there is a whole world of freaks, oddballs and weirdos just like me that you haven't met yet. You visited my At the Mountains of Madness lens, that same author wrote a story called The Call of Cthulhu around which an entire cult of wackos like me now worship. I will be adding many more cthulhu lenses so be prepared.

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      CruiseReady 6 years ago from East Central Florida

      What on earth is this thing? A sea creature?


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