Legendary Lands and Creatures
Monsters of the Deep
The sea is stormy and powerful, mysterious and scary. It almost acts like a creature itself, so it's natural that so many mythical stories have emerged from its watery depths. Over centuries, explorers, including Christopher Columbus, have claimed to see mermaids and mermen and even a gigantic octopus! But Nessie, also known as The Loch Ness Monster, may be the most legendary of all, with sightings stretching back over the last 1,500 years. These and many other water sightings have captivated people across the entire world. The question is, what do you believe?
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Is Nessie, the Loch Ness Monster, real? Why or why not? What other creatures did you learn about?
If you were crossing the ocean, which mythical ocean creature would you want to run into? Why?
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Get your feet wet with an introduction to some of the most legendary underwater creatures.
Release the Kraken!
It’s time to release the Kraken—a giant, squid-like creature from Nordic folklore. Join Dr. Emily Zarka and investigate the Kraken’s history.
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Megalodon, AKA Giant Dino-Shark
What Lurks in Loch Ness?
Join up with Dr. Emily Zarka and the PBS Monstrum team again as they explore years of sightings of Nessie, AKA the Loch Ness Monster.
Explore Mission 31
Take a virtual field trip to Mission 31, an underwater habitat managed by researchers at Florida International University’s Medina Aquarius Reef Base.
Megalodon vs. Livyatan
Megalodon, the gigantic prehistoric shark, meets Livyatan, a giant prehistoric whale. It's the ancient sea monster match-up you've dreamed of. Who would win?
Ready to shape your own sea monsters? Let's get kraken. (Remember that one, dads.)
Sculpting Sea Creatures
You may need Nessie or a Kraken for the universe you build at the end of this week. Try making them out of play dough (here's a home-made recipe)! The bigger the better. Check out the link for some inspiration. Will yours be friendly, or fearsome?
Sea Serpent Sketching
If you'd rather work on some artwork for your mythical world, grab your markers or colored pencils. Get inspired by this tutorial of how to draw a sea serpent.
Back to Your Legend Plan!
By now, you know the routine! Grab your story map from Day 1 and think about which mythical creatures from today you enjoyed most and why. Decide which ones might make an appearance in your story and what their role may be. You may see your story shaping up more and more, so don't be afraid to change major details to adapt to all of the cool creatures you're learning about. You may even start drawing your world on your big poster board and placing some of the 3D creatures you've created in it!
Think you're ready to take on some of these monstrous creatures in the water? Unsure? Well, we've got some dry-land exercises to help you be even stronger in the water.