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Chet Van Duzer has spent a lot of time hunting sea monsters. Combing through centuries-old maps in libraries and museums around the world, he's found and studied scores of strange creatures. His new book explores how medieval and Renaissance cartographers drew on myths, literature, and the scientific knowledge of the time to create these beasts.

Hunting Giant Octopuses, Flying Turtles, and Other Ancient Sea Monsters - Wired Science [ARTICLE]

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10 Dionaea Muscipula Venus Flytrap Seeds Name: Venus Fly Trap Scientific Name: Dionaea muscipula Full-bloom Period: Summer Type: Carnivorous Plant Variety: Cactus Climate: Subtropics Item Type: Seeds

Con Rit- Vietnamese cryptid: a giant, segmented sea creature said to lurk in the Vietnam sea. It supposedly has a lot of fins that propel it through the water. Some think it is a huge undiscovered invertebrate.

Skolopendra (Dragon/Sea Serpent/ChimeraeVermin)(Huge) – Gamesprite double of Con Rit, using same game sprite with different colors, stronger version of Con Rit.

'The Exmoor Beast' by Trevor Beer. Source: Fortean Times magazine, No. 44, pg 29.

'The Exmoor Beast' by Trevor Beer. Source: Fortean Times magazine, No.

Sea-serpent of Hans Egidius by stevelewalready, via Flickr

“Sea-serpent of Hans Egidius” - illustration from Sea and Land: An Illustrated History by JW Buel, 1887

Kappa illustrations from the Suiko Junihin no zu, late Edo period.  The Kappa is a flesh-eating water demon from Japanese mythology.

KAPPA = River Imp, Water Sprite Origin = Japan (with Chinese & Hindu Antecedents)

Bat winged monkey bird- British cryptid: a winged creature witnessed by a Jackie Hartley, 3 times. She described it as having a monkey like body with bat wings and a parrot like beak.

Bat winged monkey bird- British cryptid: a winged creature witnessed by a Jackie Hartley, 3 times. She described it as having a monkey like body with bat wings and a parrot like beak.

Alastor

Alastor, in Christian demonology, came to be considered a kind of possessing entity. He was likened to Nemesis. The name Alastor was also used as a generic term for a class of evil spirits

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