Folklore

Valentine of the ocean: A sea heart’s astonishing journey from the tropical rain forests of America to the Orkney Islands

Nature's own Valentine: A Molucca Bean, or Sea Heart, is a tropical seed from the Monkey Ladder vine. It has been carried by the ocean currents from central America to the Orkney Islands.
A Molucca Bean, or Sea Heart, is a tropical seed from the Monkey Ladder vine. It has been carried by the ocean currents from central America to the Orkney Islands. Chris finds a Sea Heart, also known as a Molucca Bean, at Marwick Bay, Orkney. Nature's own Valentine Today we were blessed with the most [...]Read more of Valentine of the ocean: A sea heart’s astonishing journey from the tropical rain forests of America to the Orkney Islands...

The great sea serpent

Sand dunes at Catasands, island of Sanday.
The Muckle Mester Stoorworm is the name of a gigantic sea serpent, which stars in Orkney's creation myth. Its name is Norse, meaning huge serpent, and the beast itself is related to the Midgardsorm or World Serpent in Viking mythology. The Stoorworm, according to legend, was terrorising the world by eating young girls, until the [...]Read more of The great sea serpent...