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Devil of the Black Sea

December 8 2008

For the past 60 years, Chelyabinsk pensioner Alexander Maximov, is haunted by a black and white postcard pre-revolutionary times. It depicts a strange creature with a fish tail and a human skull ...

Then the little Sasha was 6 years old. Together with her parents and younger sister, he lived in the siege of Leningrad, in a communal near Palace Square. In an adjoining room lived a lonely old woman, "former" before the revolution, her family owned the house.

The old woman died of starvation, the neighbors buried her, and soon convince his father brought from the empty room the deceased pile of papers and pieces of wood from broken antique chairs - on the kindling.

Among the papers were cards that fell into the hands of children. They were shown an old-fashioned-dressed people and all sorts of other interesting things. Sasha and his sister did not burn their treasures, and hid them. Later, the children grabbed cards with them, going to the evacuation.

Especially the brother and sister liked to view images of mysterious creatures. It was very similar to fish, but the body was crowned ... a human skull!

After the war Maximovs remained in Chelyabinsk, where they brought it evacuated. There Sasha appeared friend of the same age. And that was my grandmother, once collected postcards. By the time of the entire collection was only a dozen black and white cards. Once she gave the boys see them. And suddenly in front of Sasha flashed a familiar image: the top - a human skeleton, and bottom - fish tail ... "Damn fish in the Black Sea", - reads the caption.

Grandma told that the picture stuffed an unknown substance which in the years of her youth was exposed in the window of a shop in Odessa, to attract buyers. According to legend, fishermen caught a miracle Yudo into the sea. Alas, no details of an elderly woman did not know.

Many years later, Maximov brought strange postcard in the newspaper. It seemed to the experts. Their opinions were divided. Some have argued that the photograph a fake monster, an employee is obviously a hoax for holidaymakers. Others drew attention to the fact that the lower part of the monster like a real big fish under the name "Sea Devil. But here's what to do with "human" half?

The Black Sea coast has already noticed and splashing in the waves with the horned lizard's head, and resembling a thick beam sea serpent ... why not fill this warm company and monkfish? Maybe someone knows his history?

Margarita Trinity

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