The sawfish. In marine lore a beast of the sea, with the head of a lion, the tail of a fish, and wings to fly. When it saw a ship it rose from the depths of the ocean and went before the vessel and held off the wind so that it had none. The fish's serrated crest was also believed to be able to cut into the ship.



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