Question: Can mythical monsters be real and why haven't we seen any?

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  1. They are not real, although some of them were perhaps based on real animals. Many were made up to be especially frightening – hear of a lion and body of a horse and wings like an eagle. Some sea monsters might have come from (rare) sightings of giant squid. The hydra (one of my favourites) had 50 heads, but when you cut one off two more grow in its place. The guardian of the chamber in Harry Potter is based on Cerberus, a three headed dog (one head can sleep and one can eat and the other can still be on guard) that guarded the gates of Hades (hell).


  2. By definition, ‘mythical’ monsters cannot be real.

    Myth is defined as “a widely held but false belief or idea”, or “a traditional story, esp. one concerning the early history of a people or explaining some natural or social phenomenon, and typically involving supernatural beings”

    And the reason we haven’t seen any is precisely for that reason – they don’t exist…

    But there are plenty of amazing animals without them being around as well – check out narwhals, or platypus or maned wolves – all so awesome! 🙂


  3. We know so much more about the world we live in that many things can be explained and we have no reason to make up something for things we can’t understand. A myth is just that, something make believe that was created to explain something that was new or strange to people at the time.