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Olaus Magnus claimed that a 12 foot Sea Rhino lived just off the coast of some islands, and had a hankering for giant lobsters.

Olaus-Magnus-sea-serpent-Olaus Magnus's ship-menacing sea-serpent, as depicted on the 1572 version of his Carta Marina. His other illustrations show this creature emerging from a cave: it's meant to be a land beast that only goes to sea when it reaches stupendous size.

A giant sea-serpent attacks a ship off the coast of Norway on Olaus Magnus’s Carta Marina of Sea monsters on medieval maps run the gamut from menacing giant squids to improbable lion-fish.

In Images: Ancient Maps and Sea Monsters | LiveScience

In Images: Ancient Maps and Sea Monsters

Whales attacking a ship on Olaus Magnus's Carta marina of this image from the 1572 edition. The sailors jettison barrels and a man on the ship plays a trumpet in order to scare the monsters away. Credit: National Library of Sweden, shelfmark KoB 1 ab

The fullest and most influential collection of sea monsters of the sixteenth century, in the northwestern portion of Olaus Magnus's 'Carta Marina' of 1539/1572 (from the 1572 edition of the map, Stockholm, Sveriges nationalbibliotek shelfmark KoB 1 ab)

The fullest and most influential collection of sea monsters of the sixteenth century, in the northwestern portion of Olaus Magnus's 'Carta Marina' of (from the 1572 edition of the map, Stockholm, Sveriges nationalbibliotek shelfmark KoB 1 ab)

illustration from 'Sea Monsters' by C Van Duzer 2013 courtesy of publisher: British Library

illustration from 'Sea Monsters' by C Van Duzer 2013 courtesy of publisher: British Library

Can You Spot all the Sea Monsters in this 16th-Century Map? | Atlas Obscura

Can You Spot all the Sea Monsters in this 16th-Century Map?

Beware the leviathan, and also that monstrous water pig.

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "carte islande"

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "carte islande"

old maps with sea monsters - Google Search

old maps with sea monsters - Google Search

Jonah being cast overboard to the sea monster, from Ortelius's map of the Holy Land in his Theatrum orbis terrarum.

In Images: Ancient Maps and Sea Monsters

Jonah is cast overboard to a sea monster in an image from the earliest known atlas, the Theatrum orbis terrarum, by Flemish cartographer Abraham Ortelius, first published in

“Sailors mistaking a whale for an island (detail from the ‘Carta Marina’ of Olaus Magnus,

Sea Monsters on Medieval Maps

Sea Monsters on Medieval Maps

Antique Surreal Map Print "Monsters of the Deep" Europe Map Sea Monsters Illustration. $30.00, via Etsy.

Antique Surreal Map Print "Monsters of the Deep" Europe Map Sea Monsters Illustration

Antique Surreal Map Print "Monsters of the Deep" Europe Map Sea Monsters Illustration. $30.00, via Etsy.

Cartes marines, mappemonde, avec quelques cartes géographiques terrestres (16th century)

Cartes marines, mappemonde, avec quelques cartes géographiques terrestres (16th century)

Resultado de imagen de Monstruos marinos noruegos

Sea Monsters by Joseph Nigg

Northern oceans map - sea monsters

Northern oceans map - sea monsters

Sea monster dousing a seal

Sea Monsters

Sea monster dousing a seal