They thought themselves mighty – the greatest seafaring civilisation the world had ever known. Their screams rose, then fell silent, as the ocean devoured them; and in those moments perhaps they knew, finally, how fragile and ephemeral they had been all along.
“A fabled sea creature, variously described as a large whale or sea turtle, that is as large as an island. The name aspidochelone appears to be a compound word combining Greek aspis (which means either “asp” or “shield”), and chelone, the turtle. It rises to the surface from the depths of the sea, and entices unwitting sailors to make landfall on its huge shell.”
Illustration of the mythical Aspidochelone. For fun and practice. Enjoy!