There be monsters

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Long-time readers already know that I’m a sucker for a good map. So I was very excited to see this interactive Renaissance Carta Marina at Slate, which enables you to zoom in and learn more about each monster.

The boar-like sea monster at the middle left of the map is my favorite; he has “four feet like a Dragons, two eyes on both sides of his Loyns, and a third in his belly inkling toward his Navel.”

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  1. Leah, my favorite is the “Sea Orm.” I still hope to see one of them someday. The disappearance of ships due to rogue waves may be one explanation for sea monsters; or discoveries of the bones of dinosaurs and sea reptiles like mosasaurs. I like to think they are there but still elusive…

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