The Gribshunden was anchored in the harbor of the Swedish town of Ronneby in 1495 and sank after a fire broke out. Since then, it has remained at the bottom of the harbor.
Marcus Sandekjer, head of the Blekinge Museum and involved in the shipwreck's salvage 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. It's unique in the world and I think there are going to be more excavations around here and we're going to find some more unique objects. But this... today is just fantastic."
All photos below were screenshots via YouTube.
Johan Ronnby, professor of marine archaeology at Sodertorn University said,
"It's a monster. It's a sea monster and we have to discuss what kind of animal it is.
I think it's some kind of fantasy animal; a dragon with lion ears and crocodile-like mouth. I'm amazed, we knew that it should be a fantastic figure, but it was over our expectations when we saw it now. It's a fantastic figure, unique in the world."
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