A sea-monster, the child of Poseidon and Gaea. It lived at the northeast coast of Sicily, in the Strait of Messina, opposite of Scylla. Three times a day Charybdis swallowed vast amounts of sea water and three times a day spat it out. Ships that managed to escape Charybdis next had to face to dangers of Scylla.

Jason and Odysseus were among those who safely navigated past the twin hazards of Scylla and Charybdis. The hero Aeneas also had an encounter with these monsters.



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