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World-dragon, also known as Jormungandr, Sesha, Midgardsorm, and a variety of other names. Possibly related to world-turtle and world-elephant.

Range: Juveniles are found in remote, wild places; adults encircle the globe.

Physical Description: Adult world-dragons are so large, they are essentially invisible to humans, who are often only aware of the presence of a world-dragon because they block objects in the sky in some way (see photo – note the small “bite” out of the sun, indicating that a world-dragon is between the camera lens and the sun). It is said that each adult world-dragon is unique in its appearance, but this can’t be confirmed. World-dragons grow very slowly, and live for thousands of years. Juvenile world-dragons spend most of their young lives sleeping and growing, and appear to the eye as a feature of the landscape (see Field Notes).

Characteristics: Adult world-dragons are so large, their presence can affect weather patterns, geologic events, and even the rotation of the planet. While it is unknown how strong this influence may be, many cultures accord the world-dragon an elevated status in their mythologies. Even in today’s scientific times, it is clear that the earth would not be as it is today without the existence of world-dragons.

Co-endangered species: Planet Earth.

Recent sightings: Adult world-dragons are often confused with weather patterns, and weather patterns with world-dragons. Juvenile world-dragons are often confused with geological features, and geological features with juvenile world-dragons. While this website reports two possible recent sightings (in this post, and in Field Notes), no encounter with a world-dragon has ever been definitively completely confirmed or denied.

What to do: If you believe you are in the presence of a world-dragon, proceed about your business with respect.


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