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Life in Plastic Special: The Bishop Fish and the Sea Monk: Toy Cryptids

March 18, 2019


A little while ago, I was talking with a friend of mine who is currently teaching a Church History class.  I brought up the Bishop Fish, and he was so amazed that he asked me to show him everything I could find about it.  So… I ended up researching this.  And since it also ties into a bunch of toys, well, it’s worth including!

As far as photos go, the toy photography is near the end.  The reproduced artwork is… dun dun dun… historical documentation!  Awesome!

The Bishop Fish and the Sea Monk

Illustration from The Historia Animalum

The Bishop Fish and Sea Monk are two 15th and 16th-Century European cryptids – a cryptid is a legendary monster that has “confirmed” sightings, as opposed to a creature tied to myth. For example, Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, and the Mothman are cryptids, whereas the Manticore, the Hydra, and the Phoenix…

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