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Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Sea Wolf as Whale-eater


The Northwest Native North American Cultural area has a confusing situation in regards to representing Sea monsters and Sea serpents, which are confusingly not internally discriminated and casually called by the names of each other. This is a depiction of a Sea Wolf feeding on small whales (evidently pilot whales) in the form of a Sea Wolf (Haida Wasco) but it is mislabelled as a Sisutl. The type of sea serpent that is being represented is otherwise a Marine Saurian and described as a "Sort of an Alligator" while the real Sea Wolf would seem to be a smaller furry animal otherwise called a Sea Dog and evidently a kind of a big otter. However  in this case we are interested in this image as depicting a whale-eater. It would seem from the depiction of the whale above the creature's head that the head is fifteen feet long and possibly it has a kind of a fin at the back of the head. it has a basically lizard-shaped body and has an especially large, long and heavy tail, with which in this case it has captured a whale and is holding onto it prior to eating it. this is emphasized in tradition and so possibly this is true and it is an observed behavior. This would be the larger sort of Marine Saurian and reliably stated to be a hundred feet long or more although a good stretch of that length is the long and powerful tail. Most likely it is a persisting Mosasaur adapted to feeding on small whales and so it was continually getting bigger as the whales it fed on  likewise got bigger during the long periods of the Age of Mammals.


  1. Very interesting depiction, especially with the huge skull and jaws like a mosasaur. However, I do wonder what the inspiration for the "fin" or whatever structure it is on the head is...

  2. Could actually be a fin at the back of the head, but actually it seems to be an artistic conventionalization meant to recall a wolf's ear. The SMALL Sea Dog creatures are said to have pointed ears like a dog, but as far as the large version of the Marine Saurian goes, evidence is uncertain. The largest form of seagoing crocodile is however said to have horns of a sort, or very sharp and projecting ears at the back of the head which in artistic representations can be exaggerated into a set of regular cow horns.


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