A collection of the weird and mysterious creatures found on Olaus Magnus's 16th-century "Carta marina," or "map of the sea."

Get Kraken: Why Scientists Should Study Sea Monsters

"Get Kraken: Why Scientists Should Study Sea Monsters", article by Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer

I was going to pin this under Mermaids - as some kind of Mer-being even if not a very pretty one - till I saw it enlarged and got a good look at its mouth.

The history of four-footed beasts and serpents. by Edward Topsell, printed by E. Cotes for G. Sawbridge, T. Johnson in London, 1658

"ziphius" eats a seal while being attacked from by another monster, 1572 edition of Carta marina (detail), by Olaus Magnus

Sea monster known as a “ziphius” eats a seal while being attacked from by another monster, 1572 edition of Carta marina (detail), by Olaus Magnus

1550 Map of terrifying monsters

When much of the world had yet to be mapped, many illustrations of the world’s still mysterious oceans featured the weird and wonderful creatures that supposedly lived there. This chart showing sea monsters dates from 1550

Hand colored image from 1572 from the Carta Marina in the map collection of the National Library of Sweden

The Monsters That Helped Put Sharknado On the Map

National Library of Sweden Hand colored image from 1572 from the Carta Marina in the map collection of the National Library of Sweden. The Monsters That Helped Put Sharknado On the Map - Speakeasy - WSJ

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