20. XIX - Hippocampus
73rd Maei 3794, 9th Eon
The seas of the middle east, where it is warm enough for them to survive. But they are also found in freshwater as well.
The same size a horse, and it's tail being the size of a dolphin's.
The Hippocampus is a marvel of the seas. Their scales glisten with multiple colours and they swim so delicately through the water. Sailors are often greeted and welcomed by these magnificent creatures, and the sailors offer them fish as food in a returning welcome. Often said to be the steeds of the many Oceanic Gods, they truly do have a magical presence about them.
Clear descendants from the land based horses, they must have evolved from as such Eons ago. Like the Pegasi evolving to escape land-based predators, the Hippocampus must have done the same but rather taking to the oceans rather the skies. Unlike the Pegasi that can still be agile upon the ground, the Hippocampus are now perfectly evolved to live in the oceans, rivers and lakes of the east, but can never walk on land again.
Yet something odd has happened with these animals. We have noticed that a select few have moved North. Farther North than we could've imagined. Something must've driven these small groups North, as there would be no other explanation, other than desperate fear. Some clearly did not survive the colder waters, however, some have done for, once again, unexplained reasons. And the ones that have survived in the north have become hideous predators called Kelpie. They feed on anything that comes too close to their waters, and have become somewhat deformed to their original form; clearly, Mother Nature is trying out some experimental ways for them to live in more dank swamps.
It was my intention to find out what drove these Hippocampus out of their home waters, and it still is. It cannot have just happened out of the blue...
Head Professor of Mythology and Cryptozoology at the University of Adrastia