This Is How People Imagine Exotic Animals Based Only On What They Heard
Long ago, the basic way of sharing information and knowledge were stories. Later these stories were written. The content, however, had to be complemented with illustrations. As you’ll see, people imagined exotic animals in various ways but they all were far from reality. The further you go back in that history, the less likely those “monsters” were accurate.
Here is an interesting collection of illustrations showing how people imagined real animals they had only heard about.