Friday, May 29, 2020

MARINE CENTIPEDE


MARINE CENTIPEDE
"The Scolpendra (Marine Centipede) is a sea-monster and of sea-monsters it is the biggest and if cast up on the shore no one would have the courage to look at it. They swim with numerous feet in line on either side as though they were rowing themselves with tholepins hung alongside."
Aelian, On Animals



Thursday, May 28, 2020

BEARDED WHALE

BEARDED WHALE

"Conrad Gesner did drawings for his woodcuts from real creatures and from descriptions of sightings by sailors. Olaus Magnus, who described a horned whale looking like 'a tree rooted up by the roots,' originally reported this 'bearded whale' in 1558."
Jill K. Berry & Linden McNeilly, Map Art Lab: 52

"An excellent cut of this monster is given, and it is interesting to note the body of a whale, the tentacles of the big squid or cuttlefish, and the head of a hair-seal."
Charles Holder & David Jordan, Fish Stories Alleged and Experienced


Wednesday, May 27, 2020

HECATONCHEIRES


HECATONCHEIRES
"The Hekatonkheires (Hecatoncheires) or Hundred-Handed giants were three primordial sons of Ouranos (Uranus, the Sky) and Gaia (Gaea, the Earth). Each had a hundred hands for wielding clouds and fifty heads for blustering winds (theullai). Their three companion brothers, the Kyklopes (Cyclopes), were masters of thunder and lightning. Fearing the power of his gigantic sons, Ouranos promptly locked them away in the pit of Tartaros.

An age later, the six giants were released by Zeus during his war against the Titanes (Titans) and helped drive the elder gods from heaven down into the pit. The Hekatonkheires were then appointed as the prison's eternal wardens."
Aaron J. Atsma, The Theoi Project


Tuesday, May 26, 2020

ZIPHIUS


ZIPHIUS
"The Ziphius was said to have the body of an enormous fish. However, its head, which had grotesque eyes and a wedge-shaped beak over a vast, gaping mouth, was supposed to resemble that of an owl. This monstrous creature was said to attack ships in the northern seas it inhabited. "
Carol Rose, Giants, Monsters and Dragons


Monday, May 25, 2020

FEEJEE MERMAID


FEEJEE MERMAID
"In 1882, a dried mermaid was exhibited at the Turf coffeehouse in London"

"All these were manufactured in the same way as the Feejee Mermaid: the upper body of a monkey had been skillfully joined to the hind part of a large fish, usually a hake, salmon or carp."
Jan Bondeson, The Feejee Mermaid and Other Essays


Monday, May 4, 2020

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Friday, April 24, 2020

MONK FISH

MONK FISH
"The monk fish was credited with the head of a human with a tonsured hairstyle like that of a monk and a monk's cowl on a cape about its shoulders. Its fish-like body, covered in scales, was supported vertically by two extremely large flippers or arms."
Carol Rose, Giants, Monsters and Dragons

"Named a 'sea monk', because its smooth-looking head evoked men of the cloister, it resembled, in an original sketch, a large squid."
David Grann, The Squid Hunter


Thursday, April 23, 2020

BISHOP FISH

BISHOP FISH
"The bishop fish was described as a giant fish but in place of the usual pectoral fins it had two projections resembling claws. Its tail fins resembled legs wearing a fisherman's high boots, while its dorsal fin extended about the body. The head, neither truly fish nor truly human, was crowned by a projection resembling a bishop's miter."
Carol Rose, Giants, Monsters and Dragons



Wednesday, April 22, 2020

SAW FISH


SAW FISH
"The saw fish is also a beast of the sea; the body is huge and great, the head hath a crest and is hard and dented like a saw. It will swim under ships and cut them, that the water may come in, and he may feed on the men when the ship is drowned."
Olaus Magnus, A Compendious History Of the Goths, Swedes & Vandals


Tuesday, April 21, 2020

SEA EAGLE

SEA EAGLE
""In 1550 a flying fish was caught that was frightening and gave marvel to see. It was four or more feet in length and twice as much in width from one tip to the other of its wing, and a good square foot in thickness. Its head was wondrously thick, having two eyes, one on top of the other, in a line; two large ears and two mouths; its snout was very fleshy; green in color; its wings were double; on its throat it had five holes in the fashion of a lamprey; its tail was an ell long, on top of which were two small wings."
Ambroise Paré, Des Monstres