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AvastMH

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Here be sea monsters
« on: January 08, 2013, 09:53:29 am »
Lovely picture from Queen's College chapel of early sea-going travails amongst the sea monsters is currently on our front page:
http://www.ox.ac.uk/   (click the 'i' for further info and to see a bit more of the glass)
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Craig

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Re: Here be sea monsters
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2013, 11:55:13 am »
Very pretty! Do they have the ships' logs? We would have to have an accurate classification of the wildlife for the Animals tab. I think "monsters" may be a bit vague.   :D


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Re: Here be sea monsters
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2013, 12:10:42 pm »
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Re: Here be sea monsters
« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2013, 12:18:28 pm »
Reminds me of some of the old maps with regions marked 'Here be dragrons'.  Lovely images.

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Re: Here be sea monsters
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2013, 06:42:02 pm »
Very pretty! Do they have the ships' logs? We would have to have an accurate classification of the wildlife for the Animals tab. I think "monsters" may be a bit vague.   :D
Well - monster, sea monsters, behemoths, sea worms, and moby dick....yes you're right - it's difficult  ;D ;D ;D

Craig

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Re: Here be sea monsters
« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2013, 08:07:10 pm »
There has  been an attempt at classification of sea serpents thanks to the work of cryptozoologists: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_serpent

(I hope we will have a chance to transcribe the logs of the HMS Daedalus)

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Re: Here be sea monsters
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2013, 11:27:43 pm »
There is sure a lot of smoke generated over the millenia, there's gotta be some fire somewhere. ;)
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The Cryptid Zoo: Sea Serpents

Oarfish (Wiki)


US Navy with 23 foot (7 meter) Oarfish 1996.   http://www.navy.mil/media/allhands/acrobat/ah199704.pdf



Oarfish that washed ashore on a Bermuda beach in 1860. The animal was 16 ft long and was originally described as a sea serpent.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_8501000/8501251.stm
BBC deep sea film - live oarfish
« Last Edit: January 09, 2013, 12:07:57 am by Janet Jaguar »

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Re: Here be sea monsters
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2013, 08:56:44 am »
 :o Never heard of those before - impressively sized fish - it would make more than a few fish suppers....

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Re: Here be sea monsters
« Reply #8 on: January 09, 2013, 09:27:20 am »
Reminds me of some of the old maps with regions marked 'Here be dragrons'.  Lovely images.

When I was a teenager I spent many summers working on an archaeological dig at a small village called Dragonby near Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire. The village is called Dragonby because of a rock outcrop just to the west of the village. Here is a link to a photo. http://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://mw2.google.com/mw-panoramio/photos/medium/46743721.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.panoramio.com/photo/46743721&h=396&w=500&sz=65&tbnid=VTY9RJYsrPVTqM:&tbnh=97&tbnw=123&zoom=1&usg=__UUsdvQ95aZA47yfJ7prAJLuux8I=&docid=8qZ5gnlKK6HYzM&itg=1&hl=en&sa=X&ei=BDftUO21AZOR0QXOooCwAw&ved=0CDoQ9QEwAg&dur=16355

It really does look like a dragon, or at least a huge lizard or snake slithering down the hillside.

My dad was the surveyor for the dig and on all his plans he used to write "Here be Dragons!!" in his lovely clear script to the west of the village. Thanks for bringing back that memory.
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Re: Here be sea monsters
« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2013, 12:32:12 pm »
My pleasure