Monk Fish

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  • European European (culture)
  • Aquatic Aquatic (attribute)
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This was a name given to a fish sighted by seafarers around northern Europe. It was seen near Copenhagen in Denmark from 13th to the 17th century. It description was recorded by Ambrose Pare (1517 - 1590) in his work On Monsters and Marvels. The fish was said to have a head that closely resembled a human head with the hairstyle of a monk. Its main body had the shape of a monk’s cowl on a cape around the shoulders. From this cape were two very long flippers that looked like arms.

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