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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] it was once believed that everything that exists on earth must have its equivalent in the sea. The sea bishop and the sea monk are similar creatures which appear in Caspar Schott’s Physica Curia (1662). [2]



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