Social media users have been getting creative recently with images of a legendary Japanese yōkai monster said to have emerged from the sea and prophesied an epidemic.

Many depictions of the monster have been uploaded alongside messages wishing for a swift end to the spread of COVID-19.

The story of the half-human, half-fish amabie monster was first featured in a 19th century woodblock-printed news sheet from the Edo Period (1603-1868). The creature was depicted with long hair and a beak, and a body covered in scales.