"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