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Northern Sea Griffin Skull by Zhon Northern Sea Griffin Skull by Zhon
Interesting skull of the Northern Sea Griffin (also spelled Gryphon or Gryffin), also known as the Common Sea Griffin.

Let me tell you the adventurous story!

I went to Scotland in search for the elusive Loch Ness monster, and after many failures, I decided to have a bit of an adventure scoping out the rest of the country. I hired a Scotsman by the name of Neill Hawley, and he was my guide through the wilderness that the land had.

On my trip along the coasts of Stonehaven, I tripped along some large rocks and accidentally fell into a nest. A rather large nest at that! And soon, I came face to face with it's owner. A female griffin. Granted she was no bigger than a small mountain lion, she came equipped with razor sharp talons and a beak that seemed to be made of blackened steel! She was in a blind fury that I had landed near her two black flecked, ivory eggs... and began her defensive, motherly attack.

Gladly, Neil was there and prepared. Armed with his crossbow, he had to act fast, and put her assault to an end with two bolts. Unfortunately, one bolt had passed through her head, shattering her bottom jaw...

Sad to see this magnificent animal go to waste, she became our lunch... well.... more like supper.... Lupper?
Imagine the mixed taste of turkey and a sweet porky/beefy flavour. Prepared with a nice blend of wild herbs and spices, along with a few berries to add variety. Very tasty!

Neill was nice enough to give me the skull while he took the pelt (after which his clan presented him with a feast in his honour, and he became known as a supreme hunter... It's gotta be a guy thing...).
The two eggs that I fortuantely didn't crush went to the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, where they will be taken care of and hatched under official care.

So the skull passed through US customs and is now posted for everyone to see! ;)
Enjoy!!!
:D
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KeirrWolf Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010
I thought this was real...I went on google and tried to look for pictures of it and was very confused why no images came up. very believable!
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Zhon Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Lol! Yay! I try to make things look as good as I can (unfortunately I made this one just a little too smooth for me to believe)
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KeirrWolf Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2010
yeah, when I looked at it I thought that where the bone met the un-real bone it looked a little off but figured the edges may have been painted over with white to cover something up but never thought it might be fake.
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miserybahamut Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2009
Why in the hell haven't I favorited this yet?
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DragonRider788 Featured By Owner May 31, 2008
wow this is amazing! what bird was the beak from and what animal was the skull from? your series of these Fantasy skulls are great i cant wait to see more.
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Zhon Featured By Owner May 31, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
The beak is pure sculpture. The only bone used was a bobcat/lynx cranium.
:D
Thankies!
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DragonRider788 Featured By Owner May 31, 2008
oh cool!

your welcome!
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kiki-doodle Featured By Owner May 2, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
The story behind your image makes it all the better. I agree that it's not as strong as some other pieces, but it's still nice. Heh, I wonder how many people take your stories seriously :)
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Zhon Featured By Owner May 3, 2008  Professional Artisan Crafter
ROFL! I had quite a few believers on the Cragback skull.
But my next griffin will definately have more thought into it.
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Falconsong Featured By Owner May 2, 2008  Professional General Artist
Hmm. Generally your fantasy skulls are good and look pretty seamless, but this isn't one of your better works. I think you need to work with birds more, this one doesn't work well at all.
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