A figurehead of a sea monster from the wreck of the 15th century Danish warship Gribshunden was found in the Baltic Sea near southern Sweden.
The Gribshunden, which caught fire and sunk around 1495, was on its way from Copenhagen to Kalmar on the east coast of Sweden.
The amazingly well-preserved figurehead that was recovered resembled the sea monsters of lore having ears like a lion and jaws like a crocodile.
Johan Ronnby, professor of marine archeology at Sodertorn University said, “Last time it looked at the world, Leonardo da Vinci and Christopher Columbus were still living”
Intended to scare their enemies, the figurehead is meant to look ferocious and instill fear in those who might see it coming.
Scientists hope to recover more of the vessel as much of the hulk is still in under good condition.
Marcus Sandekjer of the Blekinge Museum said, “The ship comes from a time just when Columbus was sailing across the ocean and Vasco da Gama also went to India, and this is the same period and we can learn very much about how the ships were made, how they were constructed since there are no ships left from this time”
Salvage efforts continue with the hope of raising more of the well-preserved wreck.