A major part of world oceans still remains unexplored hiding secrets beneath unimaginable depths. However, around the years we have managed to explore life that has changed our opinions about the oceans and the flora and fauna existing inside. Here are the most terrifying mythical sea creatures ever clicked in the oceans.
8. THE SEA BISHOP
From the mid-16th century onward, depictions of the mysterious sea bishop, or “bishop-fish,” have been illustrated in natural history almanacs. It’s depicted as a humanoid sea-dweller with an elongated, domed head, tentacle-like fingers, feet with no toes, scaly skin, and human-like facial features, such as a beard. A cloak-like fin hangs from its back.
During the Edo Era, when Japanese society was predominantly agricultural, the legend of the Amabile began. According to the myth, the creature appeared to people in the water with prophecies of either an impending epidemic or a bountiful harvest.
You’ve probably heard of the Loch Ness monster, which reportedly dwells in a deep freshwater loch of the Scottish Highlands. But have you heard of the each-uisge? This Scottish water spirit may be lesser known than Nessie, but it’s no less intriguing.
Surely, you’ve heard the saying “the calm before the storm.” In Japanese mythology, that phrase takes on a whole new meaning, with calm seas symbolizing the potential emergence of a sea monster known as the Umibozu, or the “sea monk.”
In Welsh mythology, the Afanc is a lake-monster that assumes the form of a dwarf, crocodile, or giant. It preys on anyone who enters the waters it inhabits whether by accident or on purpose. It also thrashes violently and once even reportedly caused a big flood that drowned all the British people. A more popular tale holds that the Afanc became tame after a maiden allowed it to sleep in her lap.
According to Melanesian folklore, a serpent called the Abaia dwells at the bottom of freshwater lakes in the Fiji, Solomon, and Vanuatu Islands. The Abaia, which can be best described as a large eel, considers all the lake’s creatures to be its children and will anyone who tries to harm or disturb them.
These pesky sea dwellers put a whole new spin on the concept of arranged marriages. Finfolk were dark sorcerers with shapeshifting abilities, according to Orkney legend, among numerous other supernatural skills, including the ability to control the weather. During the winter, they lived at the bottom of the sea, in a luxurious city called Finfolkaheem.
The Qalupalik is an evil mermaid in Inuit folklore that’s described as half-human and half sea creature. She spends her days in the frozen Arctic waters, patrolling the shoreline for disobedient children. With claw-like fingernails, green skin, and long, wild hair, the Qalupalik’s appearance is utterly terrifying. She wears a backpack-like garment called an amauti, which is traditionally worn by Inuit women to carry babies on their backs.
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