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Front half is a horse, back half is sea creature (usually a dolphin.)    Also Called Hippocampus or the Steeds of Neptune   Might actually be The fanciful version above may be based on a misunderstanding of a description of either of the an actual sea-horse (genus: hippocampus) which are only a few inches long, or a hippopotamus.    Seen in A common symbolic image  among sea-farers, and in heraldry.

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University’s Grant of Arms and Autonomy Day

sea horse

"The mythic hippocamp has been used as HERALDIC IMAGE aparticularly since the Renaissance, most often in the ARMORIAL BEARINGS of people and places with maritime associations. However, in a blazon, the terms hippocamp and hippocampus now refer to the real animal we call a seahorse, and the terms seahorse and sea-horse refer to the mythological creature.

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Coming around again: antique carousel animals

1899 sea monser from a carousel carved by E. Joy Morris of Philadelphia, PA. A sea monster is one of the rarest figures found on an American carousel. Photo courtesy of William Manns.

The Hippocampus is a glamourous animal of the ocean. They were the pets of the sea and horse god, Poseidon and would draw his chariot across the sea. They have the upper-half of a horse and the lower-half of a fish or dolphin. They love being out at sea and are fairly strong creatures with lots of stamina. They are devotional to their god and like to spend time with their fellow Hippocampi.

One of the classic images of a sea monster on a map: a giant sea-serpent attacks a ship off the coast of Norway on Olaus Magnus Carta marina of 1539, this image from the 1572 edition.

Réunion seahorse - Description : Hippocampus borboniensis -- Author : Jobin -- Date : 1885 -- Source : Histoire physique, naturelle, et politique de Madagascar Alfred Grandidier

Unexpectedly Awesome: Medieval Sea Monsters | Out Magazine "This 1593 illustration was made before Unicorns came to land, their interstitial environs before a permanent relocation to Wonderland."

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Hippocampus

Hipocampus- Greek myth: a horse with the back half of a fish. It had a fin as a mane and fins else where on the body. They had green scales all over. They were adults of sea-horses. They were ridden by water nymphs and water gods.