coastal alaska

Creature profile: “Sea Wolf”
This elusive cryptid is represented in the art and folklore of Pacific Northwest tribes. To the Haida people, it is the Wasgo, to the Tlingit, it is Gonakadet. Depictions vary, but it is generally described as having only forelimbs, small horns, a long body, and some fur on the back/behind the head. And on top of that, big enough to kill orcas.
Sounds suspiciously… a weird offshoot basilosaur, yea?
Solitary and reclusive, they exist as a bizarre relic of Eocene fauna. Instead of dying out like its warm water relatives, the northern ancestors of the seawolf toughed it out in the cooler seas of the Oligocene onwards, adapting to life on and around the ice sheets near the arctic circle. Nowadays, they exist in isolated pockets on coastal Canada and Alaska, hunting mostly fish such as salmon, halibut and cod. However, they are also capable of ambushing seals near the shore, dragging themselves all the way out of the water and writhing towards prey for short distances. Wearing the skin of a sea wolf or possessing pieces of its body is believed to grant the owner supernatural fishing abilities.


Okay… let’s talk about this…

1) This is an American Remake of a Japanese Film, Seven Samurai. (It’s also a remake of the original film, which is based on Seven Samurai… but you get the idea.) This is the ONLY acceptable way if you’re going to Americanize stories from other places… you make a new story for the audience it’s intended for (not like the Ghost in a Shell issue)

2) The leader is a Black man (Denzel Washington).

3) Storm Shadow (Lee Byung-hun) is in it.

4) The man that appears to be a Native American is played by… an ACTUAL Native American. (Martin Sensmeier is an American Actor and is of Tlingit, Koyukon-Athabascan, Irish, and French descent. He was raised in a Tlingit Coastal Community in Southeast Alaska and grew up learning and participating in the traditions of his Tribes.)

I’m pretty sure there’s going to be a few problems, but they seem to be hitting more right notes than wrong ones so far.


Brown Bear Yearling Closeup by David & Shiela Glatz
Via Flickr:
Curious Brown Bear (Ursus arctos) yearling, Cook Inlet, Alaska


Coastal brown bear cub by Anette Holmberg
Via Flickr:
Hallo bay, Katmai, Alaska