Sea Monsters of Olaus Magnus' Carte marina

Pig of the Sea
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Pig of the Sea: Well into the 16th century it was commonly thought that any animal found on land had a nautical counterpart. Therefore you encounter sea lions, sea cows and even this sea pig with curious eye marks on its side. Below that we see ferocious-looking whales engaged in battle. The seas were truly a place of exotic danger at the time.

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.