The Flying Fish

(Image: Paré 124)

The Flying Fish was the name given to a sea monster that was said to have washed up three miles onshore of Northeast Italy, between the cities of Venice and Ravenna (Rose 124). It was described as being roughly five feet long and ten feet wide (Paré 123-124), with a large head and eyes on top, as well as a protruding snout. Its large wings on either side of its body, its long tail, and its green hue caused many observers to assume that it was some otherworldly creature (Rose 124).

Based on the description of its shape and the image, the creature was likely some type of ray, having winglike fins and a long tail. However, although it is not in the description of the creature, the image seems to have fur and a large snout, distinguishing it from any known ray.

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