Just thought I'd write about something different than movies, video games or music. This is a list of mythological creatures that do exist in some way. While this list is not 100% backed by research, it does make sense theory-wise. Here's a list of mythological creatures and an explanation of what it really might be.
7. Hydra and Basilisk a.k.a. Pythons
Nothing says manly than two naked guys attacking a snake
Pythons exist in different parts of Asia. It is easy to say that since Greece is near to Asia, it is more than likely that a Greek traveller may have ran into a python that looks like this:
After a few good meads the tale of the giant f'ing snake turns into a giant f'ing snake with multiple heads.
6. Aspidochelone a.k.a. The Leatherback Turtle
The description describes a giant turtle. Now look at that picture and now look at the Leatherback Turtle below.
5. Mermaids a.k.a. Manatees
I will also contribute this tale to alcohol as well. That and, due to lack of hygiene, woman back than were probably not the greatest of eye candy. (with apologies to women)
4. Dragons a.k.a. Dinosaurs and Monitors
The earliest tales of dragons actually originate from China. It is believed that the Chinese were the first to discover dinosaur bones. It easy to find these bones and think they belonged to a creature like a dragon (which as far as theories goes, is not that far off).
While dinosaurs are extinct, they still have their relatives, like the komodo dragon. A creature whose spit can kill you. Maybe partly responsible for the basilisk myths.
3. Leviathan a.k.a. Any Whale or Whale Shark
Most awesome picture of this thing ever!
Some suggest that this creature might be a kronosaur, but I think it is more likely that it was just a variety of whales. Could be any whale. Back then the average fisher mostly had a dingy as a boat. even a twenty foot long whale could be scary. Now imagine how clean their pants would have been if they spotted the 100 foot long Blue Whale.
2. Kraken a.k.a Giant Squid
This is the only creature on the list that was not tainted by exaggeration!
Okay, maybe slightly exaggerated
The giant squid exists purely exists. Now how big they can get is still a mystery. They could grow to be about 20 feet long or up to 80 feet long. Here's a picture of a real, live one.
1. The Bloop a.k.a. No clue what so ever... Maybe a Cthululu
We know this thing exists because the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recorded this thing making its noise
near South America. They definitely know that it is an animal, but they can't identify what type. This thing is big. Bigger than even a Blue Whale (take that leviathan!). What is it exactly? I like to think it might look like this: