Sea Monsters of Olaus Magnus' Carte marina

Rise of the Lobstopus
Olaus Magnus/©Corbis

Lobtopus and Sea Cow: There's not much to say about the sea cow at the bottom, other than sea cows really do exist, only in not such a literal fashion. Above that we see a sea monster battling an octopus. What's that, you say? It looks more like a giant lobster? Well simply ask yourself how an artist might draw an eight-legged horror from the sea if he'd never seen an octopus.

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.