August 5, 2013

Was This What Inspired the Bakonawa?

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The bakonawa: a fish-dragon  with ‘a mouth as wide as a lake,’ so big it could swallow the moon. What gave the early Visayans such an idea? Well, I’m starting to think it might’ve been this fish, caught by accident somehow or washed up on shore. This is a gulper eel, a deep sea fish with an incredibly oversized mouth and stomach capacity.

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Deep sea fish are cool – particularly because they’re so frighteningly bizarre!

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