Aspidodelone Devouring Jonah

The Aspidodelone was the whale/turtle sea monster that swollowed Jonah. He was so large that he was often mistaken for a stony island floating in the sea. In the dirt on his back grew all manner of plants, even trees. Aspidodelone's giant stomach was described as being as dark and dank as Hell itself. His main source of food was fish, though he would eat anything he could entice into his mouth with his sweet-smelling breath. Aspidodelone was one of the Zaratan, and may be the same creature as Jasconius

Also called Apsodo-Tortoise, Aspidochelone, Aspidochelon, Asp Turtle, or Fastitocalon.

Pantheon: Greek, Medieval Christian


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  • Rose, Carol. Giants, Monsters & Dragons: An Encyclopedia of Folklore, Legend, and Myth. W. W. Norton & Company: New York, 2000.

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