And there on the sand, like a giant lizard, or a flexible crocodile, or a serpent with legs, huge and horrible and humpy, lay the dragon.
And almost at once that arch began to get smaller: indeed on the starboard the Sea Serpent was now almost touching the Dawn Treader’s side.
As soon as the serpent’s body was near enough on the starboard side he jumped on to the bulwark and began hacking at it with all his might.
The Sea Serpent’s body was so low now that they could make a line across the poop and push side by side.
There, a few yards behind them, the loop of Sea Serpent’s body got rapidly smaller and disappeared into a splash.
And when, a moment later, the Sea Serpent’s head appeared again, this time on the port side, and this time with its back to them, then everyone understood.
For at that very moment, whether because the Sea Serpent was being pushed so hard, or because it foolishly decided to draw the noose tight, the whole of the carved stern broke off and the ship was free.
It came up on what they first took to be a huge neck, but as more and more of it emerged everyone knew that this was not its neck but its body and that at last they were seeing what so many people have foolishly wanted to see — the great Sea Serpent.
Next day, the Magician magically mended the stern of the Dawn Treader where it had been damaged by the Sear Serpent and loaded her with useful gifts.
In the sea, the deeper you go, the darker and colder it gets, and it is down there, in the dark and cold, that dangerous things live — the squid and the Sea Serpent and the Kraken.
Shoot!" cried the Master Bowman, and several obeyed, but the arrows glanced off the Sea Serpent’s hide as if it was ironplated.