Science Art: Merman (Vir marinus episcopi specie), 1696

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I’ll just quote the Wikimedia Commons text on this one. It tells a better story than I could.

A relatively benign merman complete with scales caught in the Baltic Sea in 1531, according to Johann Zahn’s sources.

In: Specula physico- mathematico-historica notabilium ac mirabilium sciendorum by Johann Zahn. published 1696 at Augsburg, Germany.

Library Call Number Q155 .Z33 1696.

The caption reads:
“Vir marinus episcopi specie
An: 1531 captus
im mari Baltico.”

Image ID: libr0081, Treasures of the NOAA Library Collection
Photographer: Archival Photograph by Mr. Sean Linehan, NOS, NGS
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration (NOAA), United States of America
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Just in case it’s not clear, what this actually was, in all likelihood, was what happens when old sea gods meet a cartilaginous fish body. That sea bishop – he’s lower than a stingray’s belly.