A True and most Interesting Historie of the Sea Monks and the Bishop-fish
Being a brief account of the sea ecclesiastics of olden times
Figure 1 & 2. The Sea monk and bishop-fish of Mr Sluperius
Item: names for sea monks include sea monk, moigne of the sey and monkfish.
Item: names for the bishop fish include bishop fish and sea bishop.
Item: there was only ever once a bishop-fish found in the Baltic(?) in either 1523 or 1423.
Item: sea monks (monkfishes) and bishop-fishes are not the same animal. Nor were they ever.
Item: sea monks were probably not giant squids.
Item: sea monks were most probably angelsharks (Squatina sp.) with some attributes brought over from the anglerfishes Lophius.
Item: both Squatina and Lophius can be referred to as monkfishes.
Item: sea monks were probably not Jenny Hanivers.
Any persons claiming more information on these strange sea persons should contact Mr Paxton or read of the work of Mr Paxton and Mr Holland
Paxton, C.G.M. & Holland, R. (2005) Was Steenstrup right? A new interpretation of the 16th century sea monk of the Øresund. Steenstrupia 29, 39-47. PDF here
Last modified: 23rd Jan 2010.