Skrimsl

Freshwater Monster or Sea Monster of Iceland.

Etymology: Icelandic, "monster." Variant names: Haf-skrimsl, Haf-strambr (Old Icelandic).

Physical description: Total length, 46 feet. Head and neck, 6 feet long. Seal-like head. Body length, 22 feet. One or two humps. Tail, 18 feet long.

Distribution: Skoradalsvatn and other lakes and coastal fjords.

Sources: Sabine Baring-Gould, Iceland: Its Scenes and Sagas (London: Smith, Elder, 1863), pp. 345-348; GUST Zoology, accessed in 2000, http://www.bahnhof.se/~wizard/ cryptoworld/index37.htm.

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