Sea monster stories have always captured our interest and piqued our imagination for centuries. Whether they were real or just legends, people from across the world have always held a high respect for the ocean and the creatures that live within. From that respect, there is also a sense of fear as sea monster legends have instilled fear and horror in those who hear their tales. The ocean is vast and they say only a small portion of the Earth’s seas have been explored – who knows what could lie beneath? Here are 6 of the most terrifying sea monster legends.
The Voyanoy is a water dwelling spirit that supposedly lives in rivers, ponds and streams. The Vodyanoy is large male creature from East-Slavic tradition that has a wide face covered with greenish hair and a long green beard that stretches all the way down to his feet. Supposedly, Vodyanoy would disguise himself as a beautiful flower on the river’s shore to lure innocent young girls to their doom. For a long time, Vodyanoy has been blamed for drowning villagers and causing floods. The tale goes that Vodyanoy was born from the spirit of an unbaptised man who killed himself, and is therefore known to be afraid of saint waters. In order to protect themselves from his wrath, people would bless the rivers or watering holes where he was believed to live.
Another sea legend dates back to 1531 in Poland where the sea bishop, also known as bishop-fish, was caught off the coast. Supposedly, the creature refused to eat and died a few days later. A similar story was told about a sea creature caught alive in a fishing net in the 13th century. However, when it was taken to the kind of Poland, it begged for its life and was set free. Some people believe that the sea bishop was inspired from a giant squid that was first spotted near the Canary Islands back in 1861. It’s large, elliptical shaped head is strikingly similar to a bishop’s hat.
The years of 1603 and 1868 were known as the Edo Era when Japan was primarily an agriculturally based economy. During this time, the sea creature Amabie appeared offering her advice or warnings about good harvests or potential plagues. One tale revolves around the story of a city worker who investigated a shiny object on the surface of the sea that turned out to be Amabie. Her body was similar to a fish covered with scales instead of skin. When she appeared to the man, she offered a prophecy that a good harvest would continue for the next six years.
From Scotland, a terrifying water-dwelling spirit found in lakes and seas is known as Each-uisge. Each-uisge is a shape shifter capable of taking the form of a horse or even a handsome human. When in horse form, it will often invite a human to ride it. If the ride stays away from bodies of water, they will likely survive. However, if the creature is near water, it will attach itself to the rider and swim to the deepest part of the lake or sea drowning the unsuspecting victim. When disguised in human form, it is said the only distinguishing feature to set it apart from normal humans is that it is has seaweed hidden in its hair. Make sure you look closely if you have any doubts!
Children beware of the Qalupalik
Another mythical creature that is noteworthy is the Qalupalik from the Inuit. This wicked mermaid shares some human-like qualities with mortals, but has green skin and long, pointy fingernails that distinguish it from a human woman. She is especially dangerous for children as it is believed that the Qalupalik lures children to the edge of the water with her beautiful singing voice. If she is successful in kidnapping innocent children that stray too far from their families, it is believed she devours the young whole or at least feeds off their youthful bodies to preserve her beauty. Whether this is true or not, it definitely is not a mermaid you want to mess with!
Yacuruna in the Amazon
According to Amazon legen, Yacuruna are water dwelling creatures who resemble human beings. Described as hairy creatures with deformed feet and backward heads, they are sometimes accompanied by a sidekick creatures such as a serpent or crocodile. It is said they build fancy crystal palaces underneath the water, and some legends say that the reflections of human cities on the water’s surface are, in fact, the Yacuruna cities showing from below. The Yacaruna are well known for abducting women whom they take as brides. Once abducted, the human will slowly transform into a Yacuruna themselves, starting with their eyes, heads and finally the rest of their bodies
Myth or true story?
There are many myths and legends of sea monsters across the world. Are these only fictional tales used as entertainment to pass the time, or is there some truth to these scary stories? You will only know the truth if you happen to witness a sea monster in person for yourself.. Do you dare come closer to get a better look?