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The adjacent window makes details difficult to see (and photograph), but the most interesting thing about this St. Christopher is the group of swimming creatures around his feet. The sole or plaice (bottom, centre) is found quite frequently, and above that is a large fish with multiple fins or spines, of a general type also commonly found. Additionally, though, there are what seem to be three bottle-nosed dolphins, the clearest at the top, facing left, and two, others, one large and one small, at the right beyond Christophers leg. The clearest of them is shown again in enlarged detail below right here.
Dolphins may have appeared in medieval bestiaries, but these are so well and realistically drawn that they were quite possibly observed and drawn from life, since Thurlton is only a few miles from the east coast.
¹ HC Whaite, St. Christopher (see Bibliography)
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