Sea Monsters eating Apache Helicopters (An Infatuation with Sea Monsters)

Sea Monsters eating Apache Helicopters (An Infatuation with Sea Monsters)

Steven Firmer book, Nederland: Fabled Places and Fabulous Voyages of History and Legend, explorers the idea of imagined memory in the context of fictional places and creatures that have been perceived as fact throughout the history of man.

β€œIt is easy enough to move from reporting (on a journey) to embellishing, adding details – perhaps to hold an audiences attention. The next step must have been inventing… The curious thing is that stories had to be only moderately convincing, as long as they were fascinating. Distant places held a fascination all their own and human nature did the rest. It made the audiences want to believe the unconvincing parts.”(New York: Viking Press,1976. Pg 18)

It has been theorized that the illustrated sea monsters on the edge of early maps (those which are depicted swimming in the great uncharted Atlantic and snacking on sailing vessels) could have been devises to deter a rival explorer from setting out in unfamiliar waters. Are they placed there to remind eager Adventurers; when they leave the Christian World, they enter into a dangerous and godless place? Most likely, they are just the imagined creatures of veteran storytellers seeking to enhance their maritime missions. Then again, they could have merely been decoration. With this in mind, a sea monster eating an Apache helicopter does not seem so far off.
1 Harvey, Miles. The Island of the Lost Maps. Broadway Books, NY. c.2000.