Randomly searching the internets I stumbled over some pictures of a creature, not of fantasy and horror, but of the natural world. Boring, I hear you say, but NO! Popular culture, mythology and the human imagination sometimes take inspiration from the natural world to form Real Life Monsters of Fantasy! Nothing boring about that, is it?
Today we will look at the Real Life Monster of Fantasy that goes by the name Goblin Shark.
The name Goblin Shark is actually a direct translation from its old Japanese name Tenguzame, which derives from Tengu, a Japanese mythical creature.
The shark´s gargantuan nose is of course why it was compared to it´s long-nosed Tengu counterpart.
To me the whole face of the Goblin Shark remind me of goblins in popular culture. Here are some images from goblins in World of Warcraft, Magic: The Gathering and Warhammer Fantasy Battles:
Isn´t that weird?
Liar! You just did a google search for Tengu didn´t you? Just look at this:
Who knows what inspired whom. And that is why we have Real Life Monsters of Fantasy!