BY ALLISON MEIER / 22 NOV 2013People love to fill in mysterious areas of nature with myths of monsters. Early maps had voids of knowledge marked with warnings that “Here be Dragons,” sasquatches are believed to be prowling the thick forests, and legends tell of strange creatures that might be concealed beneath the surface of our lakes. Here we present our map of American lake monsters (view it large here), showing the spread of cryptids that might be lurking in the depths of the waters of the United States.Click here to view the whole map of the Lake Monsters of America, and perhaps discover what sea serpents and others nautical beasts might be lurking near you. If you would like even more monsters both mythical and real, check out our places around the world related to cryptozoology and fascinating fauna.
Guy’s Review of Right Guard Deodorant Ends Unexpectedly
Me in pretty much every social event
The Gif Connoisseur #384
I haven’t laughed so hard in a rlly long time
'Friday the 13th' Themed Engagement Photos
This is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen!!
Ugh I would love to do this with Scream or Halloween!
This speaks to me. wow.
Anatomical Sculptures of Mythical Beings by Masao Kinoshita
Sculpted out of fiberglass, the anatomical models of mythical beings and hybrid creatures by Masao Kinoshita resemble exhibits from another dimension.
It is not an art exhibit I am referring to here, but an otherworldly version of the world-famous Bodyworlds exhibition. One that doesn’t feature humans or animals, but showcases plastinated models of nymphs, centaurs, the legendary Pegasus and even the deity Ganesha. The latter is perhaps the most imposingly sculpted, with four arms and intricate detailing.
Showing these mythic figures and animals with their muscles and skeletal system exposed yanks them down from the lofty cloud-covered pedestals of legend and folklore, turning the previously untouchable mystery of their being into preserved specimens made for educational tours and public examination. Having a deeper understanding of something can lead to even greater appreciation, as shown with Bodyworlds’s intimate tribute to the human form!
Merrow (from Gaelic murúch) or Murrough (Galloway) is the Scottish and Irish Gaelic equivalent of the mermaid and mermen of other cultures. These beings are said to appear as human from thewaist up but have the body of a fish from the waist down. They have a gentle, modest, affectionate and benevolent disposition.
There are other names pertaining to them in Gaelic: Muir-gheilt, Samhghubha, Muidhuachán, and Suire. They would seem to have been around for millennia because according to the bardic chroniclers, when the Milesians first landed on Irish shores the Suire, or sea-nymphs, played around them on their passage.
The merrow were capable of attachment to human beings and there are reports of them inter-marrying and living among humans for many years. However, most times they eventually return to their former homes beneath the sea.