A wooden sea monster has emerged from the Baltic Sea. The wooden head figure weighs around 660 lbs (300 kg). It has crocodile-like mouth and lion-like ears. It is believed to belong to the era of Christopher Columbus. The wooden monster had been lying on the seabed from last half a century. It was carried and moved very carefully by the divers. The wooden head belongs to a ship named "The Gribshunden". The ship belonged to the Danish King John and sank in 1495 due to a fire.
Remarking this amazing finding, Johan Ronnby, professor of Marine Archaeology at Souderton University says, 'I'm amazed, We knew that it should be a fantastic figure, but it was over our expectations when we saw it now. It's a fantastic figure, unique in the world.'
The figurehead is 300 kg in weight and is made up of wood. This creature has suffered great damage. It belongs to the same period as Christopher Columbus' flagship, the Santa Maria.
The creature appears to be holding a man in its mouth! At the end, it is carved with the 11-foot-long beam.
This figurehead created a confusion in the divers' minds. They first thought it to be a bare-teeth snarl!
Gribshunden means griffon-dog, which is totally justified by this figurehead.
It was lifted with care by divers from the coast of Ronneby in southern Sweden. Before some time, armor and weapons also have also been found, and are now displayed in museum.
Johan Ronnby, professor of Marine Archaeology at Souderton University says, "Last time it looked at the world, Leonardo da Vinci and Christopher Columbus were still living."
"It's a sea monster and we have to discuss what kind of animal it is. I think it's some kind of fantasy animal - a dragon with lion ears and crocodile-like mouth," Ronnby said.
The Gribshunden sank in 1495. It is believed that the ship caught fire when it was on the way to Kalmar from Copenhagen.
The monster was well preserved by the sea worms.