• In Norse mythology, the Lyngbakr is a massive
whale that baits sailors by posing as an island.
When the sailors set foot on the island, the whale
sinks into the sea, drowning them
(Illustration: Gabriella Barouch)
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    • It gains nothing from doing this btw
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    • What a dick
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    • Imagine being lost at sea for months, on the verge of starvation, and you see an island meaning you're saved! Then some dudes like "no captain, its a shape shifting whale with a bloodlust for sailors!" And yall just go around it.
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    • We just gonna ignore the fact that the sailors are at sea 90% of the time and they can’t swim
      oofinout 9 jul
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    • Just to be a dick, lol
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    • Damn so Sinbad the sailor really just ripped Norse mythology off
      reeepur 8 jul
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    • The whale just sounds like an asshole
      Noah4675 9 jul
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    • What a dick
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    • God Of War should reference this at some point I feel. Like on one of those panels maybe.
      Jackeal 9 jul
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    • Why tho?
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    • The number of different mythologies that independently have the "island that's actually a sea monster" story is pretty interesting
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    • Get b8ed
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    • Wasn’t a voyage of Sinbad similar to this
      Nfruits 9 jul
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    • lawn_man 9 jul
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    • So did he hire contractors to build houses on him to look more convincing?
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    • For all the people saying that they could just swim, that’s a pretty big whale and when it would go underwater, the water would sort of move your body with the whale and you would get sucked down
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    • I respect that, he doesn’t even fucking eat them, he fucking hates sailors so much he kiIIs them without even getting anything out of it
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    • Wait.. who built the lighthouse??
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    • What does he gain? Whales aren't carnivorous as far as I know
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    • He just does it for funsies
      Cajun 9 jul
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    • I think you mean “lionturtles” but whatever
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    • This legend comes from costal towns and islands that used to be off the eastern coast of Greenland. Due to heavy volcanic activity around that time in history towns built on loose cliffside soil were aiming into the ocean in massive landslides. The eventual eruption of hekla in 1104 sunk many (1/2)
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    • I guess sailors, despite being on water constantly, don't know how to swim.
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    • Whale, that deescalated quickly
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    • Whale gonna pull a sneaky on ya
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    • What is wrong w/ some of ancient mythology. Its all so dark. Like, whales commiting mass murder for fun? Ppl back then just did not like being happy
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    • Bit rude innit?
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    • Wouldnt even be worth the food, my dude is just fuckin people over
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    • Why tho?
      HongDong 9 jul
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    • Clever whale. A respectable 6.7/10 bait for this wale’s baiting of sailors.
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    • It was probably based on an island that would be heavily flooded by high tide or something
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    • Why would it do that wtf would the shake gain from that other than wasting its own time
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    • Just to be a DORK! Get it? Because dork means whale penis?
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    • Blemmyes 9 jul
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    • Or they could just.... Swim
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    • why doe
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    • Damn that whale really doesn’t have shit better to do
      Mickle1 9 jul
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    • Sequel to Giant Lion Turtle
      Urbanxx 9 jul
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    • Someone tell minecraft we got an update
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    • Can you not fucking swim?
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    • Just swim
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    • He does it on porpoise?
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    • Thats nice and all but did yall know it snows in the ocean?
      RealZeus 9 jul
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    • Douchebag Whale, you gain nothing
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    • So he is a jerk ?
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    • So the whales a cunt?
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    • The world would b a better place if ppl irl didn’t act like this whale. Screwing ppl over just to b a dick
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    • Atlantis was a fuckin trap
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    • Makes you think, some myths come from a hint of truth. Whose to say there isn't and island thats visible during the day but submerged at night or something along those lines.
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    • Norse were ridiculous. They were Neanderthals led by a harelip. He was lookingfor a horse but kept saying norse. Everyone thought he said north. Pointed him that way. They wound up in the fucking Arctic.
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    • Giant lion turtle?
      BSmit15 9 jul
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    • Sooooooooo... get back on the boat
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    • Asshole whale
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    • Norse Lyngbakrs are way cooler than American linebackers
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    • That's what those disappearing islands are, I always thought they were mirages for the shipwrecked
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    • Wtf does the whale gain outta that tho 😂
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    • How cool would this have been in god of war?
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    • Just... get back on your ship
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    • Sea torterra
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    • Can’t they just swim tho?
      akdonuts 11 jul
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    • Turtle Lion
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    • They had something just like that on that animated film Sinbad.
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    • “It’s just a prank bro”
      Skrunky 9 jul
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    • And iFunniers are couch whales that bait normal people with their shitposts.
      Ekko 9 jul
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    • He do be looking like an island doe 👀👀
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    • Ironically the norse are also the origin of the kraken story. And these two creatures are different. So they saw both
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    • Who hurt this whale? Or does he just not have anything better to do?
      VandeI 9 jul
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    • Gr8 b8 m8 I r8 8/8
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    • What a Mobius dick
      itmepro 9 jul
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    • He must be the ancestor of Moby DICK. This is why I don’t fucking trust the oceans.
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    • Houses?
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    • So he's just an ass with a drowning kink fuck him
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    • Lion Turtle From Avatar headass
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    • *horse
      Bogfoor 11 jul
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    • Bruh that's just Bismark from FFXIV
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    • Loki once turned into a mare and proceeded to get fucked by a stallion. The offspring was an 8 legged horse who is now Odins battle steed
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    • But why?
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    • I want this in a book, but with a lone mermaid who got seperate foom her pod and the whale is trying to help her find her family
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    • Because just hitting their boat would be lame
      Invalid_ 10 jul
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    • dnt they see him flapping his tail ?? lmaoo
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    • Bruh just swim
      TheSpoi 10 jul
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    • That's like the thing from Sinbad
      Xenon_54 9 jul
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    • damn. if only us humans were able to, say, be able to float so that we would not dies every time we set foot in water. alas, we are just air-filled humans.....
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    • He’s a Dick, A Moby Dick
      Jabbar 9 jul
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    • Just chilling, like that one scene in Pinocchio
      Dusky 9 jul
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    • Bitches be devious
      ngdm 9 jul
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    • That's terrifying lol. Cute whale though. He's probably just lonely. I'll go swim with him.
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    • That's one way to hide the fact you're really bad at telling when the tide is coming in, the whole island is sinking...
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    • He got a whole lighthouse. How long did he wait to k1ll those guys?
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    • So it doesn't only have the biggest mammalian dick ever, it IS the biggest mammalian dick ever?
      HLS0911 9 jul
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    • So many mythology have so many of those “Sinking Island” tales that I think there must be some monster or maybe an special rock where that shit actually happens
      DumbGuy 9 jul
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    • Atlantis, is that you?
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    • Wow. What a jerk.
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    • Thats cool as fuck
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    • Sounds like a good scp
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    • Why do almost all sea creatures from mythology try to drown people when they dont gain shit from it
      Arretez_ 9 jul
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    • Really? I mean surly.. you arrived on a boat so... Supposedly you should just ... Oh I don't know... Get back on your boat?
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