It is believed that the concept of Cetus (and its analogs in other cultures) grew out of poorly transmitted eyewitness account of whales, oarfish, and other large sea creatures, and/or the discovery of fossilized Mesozoic animals such as Plesiosaurus and Mosasaurus.
Cetus in "Miss Manners' Guide to Greek Missology"Edit
King Acrisius of Argos was told by an oracle that his grandson Perseus would one day kill him, so he tried to have the young man eliminated in a way that would not get blood on the king's own hands. He thus had Perseus tied to a rock where a sea serpent was sure to emerge. The intervention of the warrior princess Andromeda upset Acrisius' plans. With a sword, Andromeda hacked the beast's head off, although it was so stupid that it did not understand its own expiration for a long time after the fact, and kept on fighting. Andromeda then rescued Perseus.
- Tiamat, the primordial sea serpent of Babylonian mythology.
- Leviathan, a type of sea serpent which figures prominently in Darkness.