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August 11, 2007 / milesandhisfavorites

Mythic And More!

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It’s time to begin our new adventure to explore mythical creatures from around the earth. First we’re going to learn about some of the mythical creatures that aren’t that popular.  Introducing the Monster of Mexico: The Chupacabra! 

In Puerto Rico and Mexico this monster is pretty scary, as the picture up above is.  They imagine that it’s sort of like a blood sucking monster, sort of like a vampire, basically.

Introducing the next least popular monster: Kraken!  Most people just call him the giant squid.  Perhaps the legend originated from a type of squid that could grow to be at least five to six feet long.  Holy Cow!  They say when his limbs surfaced in the water he looked like a ring of islands.  Here’s a picture of him swallowing up a ship:

Best Known

It’s time to go a little easier on things.  You know, like easy to remember monsters. First up, the Loch Ness Monster.  Here is a picture of a sighting:

This legendary monster lives in Scotland.  Or, so they say.  We believe that he looks like an ancient Pleiseosaurus. 

Next up is a Greek that sure to knock your block off, stone block to be precise.  Medusa!  This Greek mythical creature had snakes for hair and one look from her could turn you to stone.

Creatures of the Real World

Finally, let’s work on some real life monsters.  Look at this monster, the Komodo Dragon:

Look at this picture of a Komodo Dragon.  It may have inspired the legend of the dragons from China and Europe.

Next up, introducing the Arabian Oryx.

This creature may have inspired the legend of the unicorn. 

I have a bit of a surprise for you.  The American Museum of Natural History in New York City is having an exhibit about mythical creatures!  Just to let you know, the American Museum of Natural History also has exhibits about dinosaurs, ocean life and biodiversity.  Biodiversity is the study of all animals.  For more info, go to Miles’s Science Encyclopedia Part One about biology.  A kids’ site from the Museum of Natural History is Ology, which is linked to my blog.  Ology teaches you about the world of science from marine biology to paleontology. 

Signing off now.  See you next time by the construction site!

 

 

 

 

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  1. Aunt Beth / Aug 11 2007 3:05 pm

    Hi Miles.
    We are getting ready for our trip to Chicago, where the museums are almost as awesome as the ones in New York City. We will go the Museum of Science and Industry, The Field Museum (natural history) and hopefully also the Shedd Aquarium and a big planeterium…
    We will send pictures of the interesting things that you may not have seen…yet…
    Love
    Aunt Beth and Gabi

  2. crt / Aug 11 2007 4:16 pm

    Hi Miles!

    Wow, what an entry. I see I have some reading to do to catch up on all the fun stuff on your site.

    Your friend at AAP
    crt

  3. TriSec / Aug 13 2007 11:13 am

    Hey Miles!

    Always a pleasure to see your blog….

    Everyplace has something interesting and unusual if you look hard enough. Check out New England’s own “Champ” if you get a chance….

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Champ_(legend)

  4. Deirdre aka Auntie D / Aug 13 2007 4:44 pm

    Hey Miles,

    It was fun to read about mythical creatures on your blog. I particularly like Medusa … sometimes I wish that one look from me could turn someone to stone!

    I also liked reading about some real life monsters. I saw real Komodo Dragons in the Toronto zoo – they were pretty scary lizards! And did you know that Uncle Geoff actually saw Komodo Dragons in the wild, on the Island of Komodo? He traveled there many years ago with his parents and has an exciting story about his experiences. You’ll have to ask him to tell you the story next time you see him!

    Love,

    Auntie D

  5. Grandpa Larry / Aug 14 2007 7:48 pm

    Hi Miles,
    I had a break in my work and thought I would catch up on your blog.
    Great work; I learned some new things and appreciate the diversity of your interests.
    Love, Grandpa Larry

  6. Merry / Aug 18 2007 11:47 pm

    Hmm..I drink coffee called Komodo Dragon and never knew where the name came from. Had to learn it from you. Thanks for all of the great information that you are sharing with us. And, I will be at your home next weekend to see you and the family

    Love
    Merry

  7. Brandon / Sep 4 2007 8:45 pm

    I can’t wait to see the Mythic Creatures exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History!!!

  8. Sally / Sep 6 2007 7:40 pm

    Hi Miles,
    Did you know a woman in Texas thinks she found the body of a chupacabra. Here’s a link to the story.
    http://www.kvue.com/news/top/stories/073107kvuechupacabrafind-cb.cc11e691.html
    Cheers,
    GiGi (Sally’s mom)

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