"I looked in my turn, and could not restrain a movement of repulsion. Before my eyes was a monster worthy to figure in tetralogical legends. It was a calamary [sic] of colossal dimensions, at least 32 feet long. It was swimming backwards with extreme velocity in the direction of the Nautilus."
So wrote Jules Verne in his best-selling novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, prior to the fearful fight between the submarine's crew and several giant squid.
Since 1869, when the book first appeared, and other such books (80-odd) such as From the Earth to the Moon and Around