Cetus Sea Monster
Designed by Marcy
Cetus represents the Greek sea monster and was commonly depicted as a hybrid creature. It had forefeet, huge jaws, and a scaly body like a giant sea serpent, even though the constellation is also known as the Whale. Cassiopeia angered the sea god Poseidon and the Nereids (sea nymphs) by boasting that she was more beautiful than any of them. To appease the sea god and the nymphs, Cassiopeia and her husband, King Cepheus, had to sacrifice their young daughter Andromeda to Cetus or watch the monster ravage their land. Andromeda was chained to a rock and left to the sea monster, but to her good fortune, the hero Perseus was passing by just as Cetus was about to devour her. Perseus rescued the princess and defeated Cetus. He and Andromeda were later married.
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