Sea Monsters of Olaus Magnus' Carte marina

Monsters of the Deep
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Monsters of the Deep: In the lower left-hand corner of this section we see a great red sea serpent doing what they do best: enveloping a ship and pulling it under. Above we see a whale using its twin blowholes offensively, flooding a ship and bringing it under with a hefty blast of sea water.

About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.