Object of the Week

The Sea Bishop

In our seashore cabinet you will see this strange looking creature known as the ‘sea bishop’. But all is not as it seems. This odd little thing is actually a manmade souvenir, made by fishermen for gullible visitors.

The sea bishop is a mythical monster. The fishermen would take skate jinnies, the skate wings were tied back with twine making the head stick out, they would then be dried and sold.

Our specimen was exhibited at the Natural History Museum in 1961 in an exhibition of fakes, freaks and forgeries.

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