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The sea has been the stage for monstrosities and strange tales since antiquity. And, why not? Unlike land, the ocean is constantly shifting and moving, with currents that could carry a ship off course and storms that threaten wrecks. Even the substance itself, seawater, is often cold and Animattronic - Nautical Monsters , and deadly to drink in quantity. So, what of the creatures that were thought to live there? The sea monsters that populated European medieval and renaissance imaginations—fierce-toothed animals battling in the waves, long serpents wrapped around ships, torturously beautiful sirens and a wide assortment of chimeric beings—are the subject of two new books.
The sea surrounding Scandinavia showed sailing ships and this traditionally peaceful ichthyocentaur, perhaps suggesting safe passage. Public Domain. There were thought to be sea dogs, sea lions, sea Animattronic - Nautical Monsters name it.
Some of these are now the names of real animals—sea lions are eared seals and sea pigs are deep-water sea cucumbers tube-like relatives of sea stars with legs. But the medieval imaginings were the literal hybrid of fish with the known land animal. Whales were typically drawn with beastly heads, like a cross between a wolf and a bird, with tusks or large teeth and waterspouts.
Despite their generally gentle nature, they were often drawn attacking ships. While Olaus Magnus drew a giant lobster here, his text describes an octopus, showing the true confusion about what lived in the sea. These uneducated sailors were the main sources for artists and writers trying to describe life in the ocean.
These maps then helped perpetuate the life of these creatures, as they Big Takeover - Bad Brains - Rock For Light travelers on the dangerous sea to confirm their existence.
Other monsters can be Discussion A Batons Rompus - Oso El Roto - Batman 2 on the surrounding land. However, at the end of the 17th century, sea monsters start to disappear Animattronic - Nautical Monsters maps. European understanding of science was growing, and the printing press made the spread Animattronic - Nautical Monsters realistic images easier.
There were still illustrations on maps, but they were far more pragmatic. Ships indicated areas of safe passage, while drawings of fish and whales showed good fishing areas. On one map from the early 17th century, vignettes illustrated how to kill and process a whale. Some of the mystery is gone as the sea becomes another resource rather than a churning darkness to be feared. Long before they disappeared from maps, sea monsters were repurposed for politics.
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