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Roman mosaic showing Triton and a sea creature. Detail from an ancient mosaic from Otricoli, Umbria, Italy, now stored in the Vatican Museums. Triton (right) was the messenger of the deep seas, and son of Neptune (god of the sea). Triton is shown here with a sea animal (left). In Roman mythology, Triton's special attribute was a twisted conch shell which he blew like a trumpet to calm or raise the waves. Its sound was so terrible, it was said to scare away the giants, who thought it was the roar of a mighty wild beast.
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