The Legend of the Lotan dates back well over 3000 years and considered by many researchers to be precursor to one of the greatest sea serpents of all time, the biblical Leviathan. Most modern scholars agree that after the Israelites conquered the region known as Palestine in approximately 1000 BC., incorporating the legend of the Lotan into their own culture only under a new name, the Leviathan. There are some who believe that the reference made to the Lotan’s “s seven heads may also be associated with the Greek Hydra myth. And a small group of researches also believe that the legend of the Lotan may have derived from early eye witness accounts by ancient mariners who had the misfortune of encountering a giant squid while traveling trade routes of the Mediterranean.
Known by the Semitic Canaanites, the Sumerians and the rest of the ancient Syro-Palestinian world the Lotan was called many names, including “The Coiling Serpent”, “The Fleeing Serpent” and “the powerful with the seven heads” to name a few. According to ancient Ugaritic Myths, the Lotan was either pet of the god Yaw or Yaw himself. Yaw represents the mass destruction of floods, oceans, and winter, and is sometimes also called Yam (sea) or Nahar (river).
The Lotan, and later the Leviathan, surface in many of the old world’s myths and legends including an appearance in one of the most famous books, the bible. Other than these stories and legends there is no evidence to suggest that the Lotan is an actually creature.
No sightings of the Lotan have been made in resent history; however this may only be because we now know the beast by a different name, the giant squid.
The Stats – (Where applicable)
• Classification: Unknown
• Size: Reports of actually size are hard to come by, lets just say it was BIG
• Weight: Unknown
• Diet: Unknown
• Location: Mediterranean Sea
• Movement: Swimming
• Environment: Ocean