Although usually only referred to as Dragon (竜 in most media, the creature has been given several other names from various publications, such as Sea Dragon Ryū) (海竜 from Kairyū)All Toho Monsters Pictorial Book and Definitive Edition of Toho Monster Movies!! Godzilla Special Effects Complete Works, and Indian Dragon (天竺の竜 from Tenjiku no Ryū, lit. Dragon of India)Toho Special Effects Movie Complete Works, and Elasmosaurus (エラスモサウルス from Erasumosaurusu)Godzilla Fierce Fighting Super Encyclopedia, which flatly states, "the identity of the dragon was the plesiosaur Elasmosaurus."[note 1]
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- Main article: Dragon/Gallery.
- In addition to a prop of the monster's entire body, special effects director Teruyoshi Nakano also constructed a large animatronic of the Dragon's neck.
- A popular rumor is that the Dragon prop was originally constructed for the unmade Toho and Hammer collaboration film Nessie, and reused by Teruyoshi Nakano for Princess from the Moon. However, given that Nessie was cancelled nearly a decade before Princess from the Moon was produced, and that no confirmation of this is made in any known official books, this rumor is likely false.
- 竜の正体は首長竜エラスモサウルスだった。 (p. 69)
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