Olaus Magnus Sea Serpent

posted: 08/13/12
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Olaus Magnus Sea Serpent
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In Olaus Magnus' 1555 work History of the Northern Peoples, he describes a Norwegian serpent so bold that it would come out from its underwater cave on bright summer nights to feast on calves, lambs and pigs. This beast was said to be 200 feet long and 20 feet wide and was believed to live outside Bergen.

Most disturbing, however, was this beast's flame-red eyes and penchant for eating people. The vicious creature would attack ships and feast on its people as it lifted itself straight up from the water toward the sky.

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