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Today I bring you the shachihoko, aka the shachi.
It has a pretty simple history, but it does tie back both to China and India, so it does go back quite a ways. Interestingly, its history is not very commonly known in Japan, and most people just think of it as a neat-looking sea monster, or else as a medieval representation of the killer whale (the killer whale was named for this creature, actually, not the other way around).
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