"It is portrayed as a type of talbot or hunting dog, but with scales covering its entire body; instead of paws it has webbed, three-toed feet; its scaly tail has a thick rounded end, and behind is webbed ears it has a long dorsal fin from its head to tail."
"The Saw fish is also a beast of the sea; the body is great, the head hath a crest, and is hard and dented like to 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
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"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 swearing 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."
"The Monk fish was credited with the head of a human with ah tonsured hairstyle like that of a monk and a monk's cowl on a cape about it's shoulders. Its fish-like body, covered in scales, was supported vertically by two extremely large flippers, with similar flippers for arms."
Carol Rose, Giants, Monster 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."
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
"The Marine Sow was described as a vast creature of seventy-two feet in length, fourteen feet in depth, and seven feet across from eye to eye on a head that resembled that of a pig. It also had a further six eyes, three located on each side of its scaly body and a crescent-shaped dorsal fin." Carol Rose, Giants, Monsters and Dragons
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 ben skillfully joined to the hind part of a large fish, usually a hake, salmon or carp." Jan Bondeson, The Feejee Mermaid and Other Essays This monster will be available in the Mappaemundi Compendium ON SALE THIS FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 29TH 11AM EST
“They look some way like a shed or cabin, snug and rightly made, except the open door might could be a mouth, the two little windows could be eyes. Never you'll see one on the main roads or near towns; only back in the thicketty places, by high trails among tall ridges, and they show themselves there when it rains and storms and a lone farer hopes to come to a house to shelter him. ... The few that's lucky enough to have gone into a gardinel and win out again... tell that inside it's pinky-walled and dippy-floored, with on the floor all the skulls and bones of those who never did win-out; and from the floor and walls come spouting rivers of wet juice that stings. ... and all at once you know that inside a gardinel is like a stomach.”
"And then: 'Bones, yes - something like man-bones, but bigger and thicker, also something like bear-bones, or big ape-bones from a foreign land. And a rotten light to them. So I was for a moment that the bones weren't empty. Inside the ribs were caged puffy things, like guts and lungs and maybe a heart that skipped and wriggled. The skull had a snout like I can't say what, and in its eye-holes burned blue-green fire.'"
"All blotchy and green and brown with a white belly and a wet smoothness, it was a frog. But it was bigger than a man by twice, I suppose." “You think of him as what we call a djibaw, and evil spirit. We think of him as a part of nature, that defends nature's weak things.”
"The Bunyip is said to be an amphibious animal, and is variously described: sometimes as a gigantic snake; sometimes as a species of rhinoceros, with a smooth pulpy skin and a head like that of a calf; sometimes as a huge pig, its body yellow, crossed with black stripes."
"He was of a brownish colour, with a head something the shape of a kangaroo, an enormous mouth, apparently furnished with a formidable set of teeth, long neck, covered with a shaggy mane which reached halfway down his back; his hind quarters were under water, so that we could not get a full view of him, but if one may judge by what was seen, his weight must be fully equal to that of a very large bullock."
"The moon was dim for a moment or two. Nobody spoke, we pressed up the ridge side, then a hoarse smothered ejaculation burst from Long Charlie's lips, and as he spoke the moon shone forth again, and he shifted his lantern so that its gleam fell athwart the white prostrate form and upon a snake, brown and shiny and scaly and horrible, which uncoiled itself, and with a swift, wavy motion disappeared into the depths of the scrub."