Medieval ship's 'sea monster' figurehead raised from Baltic

The figurehead from a 15th century ship has been raised from the Baltic Sea near Ronneby, Sweden, more than 500 years after it sank.

The Gribshunden is thought to be the world's best-preserved late medieval ship.

''It's a sea monster - and we have to discuss what kind of animal it is,'' said Johan Ronnby, professor of marine archaeology.

''I think it's some kind of fantasy animal - a dragon with lion ears and crocodile-like mouth. And there seems to be something in his mouth. There seems to be a person in its mouth and he's eating somebody,'' he said.

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