"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