The siren in the Hortus sanitatis, “De piscibus”, chapter 83, published in 1491. (British Library, IB.344)

The siren in the Hortus sanitatis, “De piscibus”, chapter 83, published in 1491. (British Library, IB.344)

Vintage Nautical Map with Anchor.  We be sailin' in some mystical seas... Are ye ready? Lift the anchor, me hearties! #pirates

Vintage Nautical Map with Anchor. We be sailin' in some mystical seas... Are ye ready? Lift the anchor, me hearties! #pirates

Abraham Ortelius, Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, 1570  The sea monsters on old maps appear in almost every variety imaginable: Some are armored in scales, others maned like lions or finned like giant fish. Legends of ships sunk by mighty serpents date back to Aristotle, who wrote “The length of the serpents is something appalling." The great diversity in the sea serpents’ appearance may reflect the fact that monster stories brought home from the sea were probably exaggerated from a number of…

Abraham Ortelius, Theatrum Orbis Terrarum, 1570 The sea monsters on old maps appear in almost every variety imaginable: Some are armored in scales, others maned like lions or finned like giant fish. Legends of ships sunk by mighty serpents date back to Aristotle, who wrote “The length of the serpents is something appalling." The great diversity in the sea serpents’ appearance may reflect the fact that monster stories brought home from the sea were probably exaggerated from a number of…

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