Sea Monster Monday: Meet Jenny Haniver

Behold the terrifying spawn of the deep! Is it a mermaid? A merman? A freakishly cheerful alien? Nope, it’s just Jenny Haniver.

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If Predator and the Flying Nun had a baby…

A Jenny Haniver is the dried carcass of a skate fish (a smaller version of a sting ray) that was carved to look like a sea monster and sold to gullible tourists as proof of sea monsters. These specimens are thought to have inspired stories about the Sea Monk, a supposed sea monster that looked like a man of the cloth — sort of an underwater priest, if you will.

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Forgive me, Father, for I have finned. (I’ll show myself out…)

Here are some other versions of Jenny Hanniver that will haunt your dreams.

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Oh. Dear. God.  

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Worst Gremlins cosplay ever. 

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It’s smiling because it knows where you live. 

Stay tuned for next Monday, when I review new footage of Frannie, the San Francisco Bay sea monster, sent to me by wonderful Friends of the Blog (FOB) Bill and Bob Clark of SF Sea Serpent fame.