Sea Horse

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  • European European (culture)
  • Aquatic Aquatic (attribute)
  • Heraldic Heraldic (attribute)
  • Neutral Neutral (behaviour)

A half dolphin horse sea animal that was sighted by many Scandinavian and British sailors in the Medieval and Renaissance period.

The Sea Horse is said to have the tail of a dolphin, the flippers of a seal and the head of a horse. Some reports claim that is forelegs were cloven like a horse. It had been spotted out at sea, on land but predominantly on ice floes. An image of the beast was drawn and published in Ambroise Pare's On Monsters and Marvels (1510).

It is also features in European Heraldry where it has the head of a lion as a supporter but the full top half of a horse when lying down. It represents good luck and success at sea. It was found on the shields of families in Cambridge, Newcastle, and specifically the Tucker family of Milton in Kent and the Pewterers Company in London.

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