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In the mystical land of Bhaktapur, Nepal, lies the Kopan Monastery, a sanctuary where the wheel of life (wheel of Samsara) spins endlessly

Background imageCreature Collection: Wheel of life (wheel of Samsara), Kopan monastery, Bhaktapur, Nepal, Asia

Wheel of life (wheel of Samsara), Kopan monastery, Bhaktapur, Nepal, Asia

Background imageCreature Collection: Wheel of life (wheel of Samsara), Kopan monastery, Bhaktapur, Nepal, Asia

Wheel of life (wheel of Samsara), Kopan monastery, Bhaktapur, Nepal, Asia

Background imageCreature Collection: Clam, mussel, oyster, scallop, etc

Clam, mussel, oyster, scallop, etc
Varieties of bivalve molluscs including clam, Tridacna, mussel, Mytilus, oyster, Ostrea, pen shell, Pinna, jingle shell, Anomia, and scallop, Pecten

Background imageCreature Collection: 19th Century French engraving

19th Century French engraving
16th Century French engraving. Historical coloured print of a mythical giant squid (Kraken) attacking a ship, from Histoire naturelle generale et particuliere des mollusques

Background imageCreature Collection: Loch Ness Monster

Loch Ness Monster
Fishermen on Loch Ness are surprised by the creature - as well they might be, for this is the largest depiction of the monster known to us

Background imageCreature Collection: Giant octopus

Giant octopus
Plate 26 from Histoire naturelle des Mollusques by Count Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon, 1805

Background imageCreature Collection: Fossils from the palaeozoic era

Fossils from the palaeozoic era
Life forms of the palaeozoic era (for identification of individual items, refer to the book page 13-14)

Background imageCreature Collection: Gaudi architecture

Gaudi architecture, Parc Guell, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Barcelona, Catalunya (Catalonia) (Cataluna), Spain, Europe

Background imageCreature Collection: Lochness Monster

Lochness Monster
A dramatic picture of the supposed giant water creature that lives in Loch Ness, Scotland and its small offspring, followed by divers holding underwater cameras

Background imageCreature Collection: Religion / Egypt / Taweret

Religion / Egypt / Taweret
The hippopotamus goddess, she is a likeable and benevolent creature who protects women during pregnancy and in childbirth

Background imageCreature Collection: Primitive men with spears hunting a glyptodon

Primitive men with spears hunting a glyptodon, large, armored mammal of the family Glyptodontidae.. Colour printed illustration by Heinrich Harder from Tiere der Urwelt Animals of the Prehistoric

Background imageCreature Collection: Iguanodons were herbivorous dinosaurs

Iguanodons were herbivorous dinosaurs from the mid-Jurassic to late Cretaceous.. Colour printed illustration by Heinrich Harder from Tiere der Urwelt Animals of the Prehistoric World, 1916, Hamburg

Background imageCreature Collection: Space Collage Surreal Art

Space Collage Surreal Art
Samantha Hearn

Background imageCreature Collection: A sperm whale family swimming together

A sperm whale family swimming together
A sperm whale family swims together while sharing a close bond between them

Background imageCreature Collection: Blue Bird (Bird Sirin) - Sergey Solomko

Blue Bird (Bird Sirin) - Sergey Solomko. Date: circa 1903

Background imageCreature Collection: A fantasy illustration of marine reptiles

A fantasy illustration of marine reptiles
The Sea-Dragons as they lived. Frontispiece by John Martin from The Book of the Great Sea-Dragons by Thomas Hawkins, 1840

Background imageCreature Collection: Picture No. 11993176

Picture No. 11993176
Fallow Deer - Rutting - Richmond Park - UK Date:

Background imageCreature Collection: Djibouti. A Red Swimming Crab

Djibouti. A Red Swimming Crab (Charybdis erythrodactyla) swims in the Indian Ocean

Background imageCreature Collection: Female barn owl, Tyto alba, World Owl Trust, Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass

Female barn owl, Tyto alba, World Owl Trust, Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass, Cumbria, UK, captive

Background imageCreature Collection: Picture No. 11993245

Picture No. 11993245
Peppered Moth - on Lichen - Cornwall - UK Date:

Background imageCreature Collection: A glamorous female model with her trusty Goblin Teasmade

A glamorous female model with her trusty Goblin Teasmade
A stylish female model wakes up fresh-faced and ready now to face the day thanks to a few sips from a hearty brew prepared by her faithful bedside Goblin Teasmade. How Delicious! Date: 1960s

Background imageCreature Collection: Close up of a young Brown-throated Sloth (Bradypus variegatus) nurses its baby

Close up of a young Brown-throated Sloth (Bradypus variegatus) nurses its baby while hanging from a tree branch in the jungle of Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

Background imageCreature Collection: Central America, Costa Rica

Central America, Costa Rica
A Brown-Throated Sloth (Bradypus variegatus) scratches its neck with its distinctive claw. Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

Background imageCreature Collection: Cows - Two together nose to tail

Cows - Two together nose to tail
HAR-91 COWS - two heifers together, nose to tail. One young Friesian faces viewer alongside rear end of another in green pasture Dairy farming

Background imageCreature Collection: Dream Idyll (A Valkyrie), 1902, (1905) Artist: Edward Robert Hughes

Dream Idyll (A Valkyrie), 1902, (1905) Artist: Edward Robert Hughes
Dream Idyll (A Valkyrie), 1902. From The Connoisseur 1905 [Otto Limited, London, 1905.]

Background imageCreature Collection: Aepyornis on the Rampage

Aepyornis on the Rampage
Butcher pursued by an Aepyornis Ingens, the prehistoric creature which emerges from the egg

Background imageCreature Collection: Ireland. Skellig Michael Island. European Westernmost Point. UNESCO World Heritage

Ireland. Skellig Michael Island. European Westernmost Point. UNESCO World Heritage
Ireland. Skellig Michael Island. Europes westernmost point. UNESCO World Heritage Site

Background imageCreature Collection: Hippo, Hippopotamus amphibius

Hippo, Hippopotamus amphibius, in Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Background imageCreature Collection: Daedalus Sea Serpent

Daedalus Sea Serpent
Marine creature sighted from HMS Daedalus in the south Atlantic between the Cape and St Helena : the creature passes under the stern of the ship (picture 2 of 3)

Background imageCreature Collection: Painting of Garuda, Kopan monastery, Kathmandu, Nepal, Asia

Painting of Garuda, Kopan monastery, Kathmandu, Nepal, Asia

Background imageCreature Collection: Hippo, Hippopotamus amphibius

Hippo, Hippopotamus amphibius, yawning in Kruger National Park, Mpumalanga, South Africa

Background imageCreature Collection: Carcharodontosaurus dinosaur, side view

Carcharodontosaurus dinosaur, side view
Side profile of a Pinacosaurus dinosaur. Pinacosaurus was a herbivorous ankylosaur that lived in the Cretaceous Period of Mongolia and China

Background imageCreature Collection: The Kraken vs. Sperm Whales, 1900 (litho)

The Kraken vs. Sperm Whales, 1900 (litho)
1147337 The Kraken vs. Sperm Whales, 1900 (litho) by Twidle, Arthur (1865-1936); Private Collection; Peter Newark Historical Pictures; English, out of copyright

Background imageCreature Collection: Analogy of the Microcosm and Macrocosm of Alchemy, from Basilica Philosophica

Analogy of the Microcosm and Macrocosm of Alchemy, from Basilica Philosophica
1127305 Analogy of the Microcosm and Macrocosm of Alchemy, from Basilica Philosophica, by Johann Daniel Mylius, 1620 (engraving) by German School, (17th century); Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris

Background imageCreature Collection: Bear Feeds Fish to Cubs Date: 1948

Bear Feeds Fish to Cubs Date: 1948

Background imageCreature Collection: Sand monitor lizard (Varanus gouldii) at dawn in mallee habitat

Sand monitor lizard (Varanus gouldii) at dawn in mallee habitat
monitor, goanna, habitat, mallee, fauna, creature, outdoor, predator, be, Lizards, 1192218127

Background imageCreature Collection: Mosasaur, Mosasaurus hoffmannii, extinct genus

Mosasaur, Mosasaurus hoffmannii, extinct genus of carnivorous aquatic lizards.. Colour printed (chromolithograph) illustration by F

Background imageCreature Collection: Dodo, Didus ineptus or Raphus cucullatus

Dodo, Didus ineptus or Raphus cucullatus.. Colour printed (chromolithograph) illustration by F. John from Tiere der Urwelt Animals of the Prehistoric World, 1916, Hamburg

Background imageCreature Collection: Pteranodon, large flying pterosaur from the

Pteranodon, large flying pterosaur from the Late Cretaceous period.. Colour printed illustration by Heinrich Harder from Tiere der Urwelt Animals of the Prehistoric World, 1916, Hamburg

Background imageCreature Collection: A lone Star Fighter pilot looks around the alien landscape after a crash landing

A lone Star Fighter pilot looks around the alien landscape after a crash landing
A lone Star Fighter pilot looks around the alien landscape, in which he was forced to make an emergency crash landing after his ship developed technical problems

Background imageCreature Collection: An Alvarezsaurid bird cleans the mouth of a Giganotosaurus carolinii dinosaur

An Alvarezsaurid bird cleans the mouth of a Giganotosaurus carolinii dinosaur

Background imageCreature Collection: Ankylosaurus dinosaurs defend themselves against a T-Rex

Ankylosaurus dinosaurs defend themselves against a T-Rex
A pair of Ankylosaurus herbivore dinosaurs defending themselves against a deadly carnivorous T.Rex during Earths Cretaceous Era

Background imageCreature Collection: Tyrannosaurus Rex eats the carrion of a dead Triceratops

Tyrannosaurus Rex eats the carrion of a dead Triceratops
A Tyrannosaurus Rex eats the carrion of a dead Triceratops in prehistoric wetlands

Background imageCreature Collection: Boston terrier and puppies

Boston terrier and puppies
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1950s: Boston terrier with litter of five week old puppies. (Photo by H. Armstrong Roberts/Retrofile/Getty Images)

Background imageCreature Collection: Chimpanzees as policemen

Chimpanzees as policemen
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1950s: Two chimpanzees dressed as policemen, standing holding guns. (Photo by H. Armstrong Roberts/Retrofile/Getty Images)

Background imageCreature Collection: Magician pulling rabbit out of hat

Magician pulling rabbit out of hat
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1930s: Hands of magician performing magic trick, pulling rabbit out of top hat. (Photo by H. Armstrong Roberts/Retrofile/Getty Images)

Background imageCreature Collection: Picture No. 11981460

Picture No. 11981460
Harvest Mouse - on Blackthorn Blossom - Devon - UK Date:

Background imageCreature Collection: Book of Revelation or The Apocalypse. Book of New Testament

Book of Revelation or The Apocalypse. Book of New Testament. Miniature. 15th century. The fifth Angel playing trumpet. Chateau of Chatilly. France



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In the mystical land of Bhaktapur, Nepal, lies the Kopan Monastery, a sanctuary where the wheel of life (wheel of Samsara) spins endlessly. This ancient symbol represents the cycle of birth and death that all they are bound to. As we delve deeper into history, fossils from the Palaeozoic era emerge as remnants of long-extinct beings. Among them is an intriguing giant octopus captured in a 19th-century French engraving. Its tentacles reach out from time's depths, reminding us of the mysteries that lie beneath our feet. Speaking of enigmatic creatures, who can forget the legendary Loch Ness Monster? Its elusive presence has fascinated generations and sparked countless debates about its existence. The Lochness Monster remains an enigma shrouded in Scotland's misty waters. Religion too holds tales of extraordinary beings like Taweret from Egypt. This deity with a hippopotamus body and lioness head embodies protection during childbirth—a reminder that even mythical they can offer solace and guidance. Meanwhile, Sergey Solomko's Blue Bird (Bird Sirin) takes flight across Asia's skies with its enchanting song believed to bring joy and harmony to those who hear it. A symbol of hope amidst chaos, this creature reminds us to seek beauty even in troubled times. Stepping back into prehistoric times brings us face-to-face with Iguanodons—herbivorous dinosaurs whose massive size roamed Earth millions of years ago. These gentle giants remind us that not all ancient creatures were fearsome predators; some peacefully grazed on nature's bounty. Venturing deep below sea level reveals a heartwarming sight: a sperm whale family swimming together gracefully through ocean currents. Their bond exemplifies familial love within marine realms—an awe-inspiring testament to nature's wonders. And finally, let your imagination run wild as you gaze upon fantasy illustrations depicting marine reptiles.