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A zitiron as represented in an illuminated manuscript of Jacob van Maerlant’s poem “Der Naturen Bloeme”, c. 1350
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A zitiron, or sea knight, is a mythological creature with an upper body in the form of an armed knight, fused with the tail of a fish.[1] The sea bishop and the sea monk are similar creatures that appear in Caspar Schott’s Physica Curia (1662).[2]

It was once believed that everything that exists on earth must have its equivalent in the sea.[1]

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Cresswell, Julia. Legendary Beasts of Britain. Shire Publications, 2013.
Tralau, Johan, and Magnus Kristiansson. Hobbes’s Hidden Monster: Rediscovering the Frontispiece Of. 2012, p. 20, http://paperroom.ipsa.org/app/webroot/papers/paper_8536.pdf.