In Greek mythology, Phorcys (also spelled “Phorkys” or “Phorkus”) was a primordial sea god, known as the father of the Gorgons and other monstrous creatures. He was the son of Gaia, the earth and Pontus, the sea, and was considered to be one of the ancient deities of the sea. He was often depicted as a sea monster, with fish-like features, and was considered to be a powerful and fearsome figure.

Phorcys was known to be the father of the Gorgons, Medusa, Stheno, and Euryale, and other monstrous creatures such as the Graeae, the Hesperides, and the sea monsters Echidna and Ceto. He was also known to be the consort of his sister Ceto, and together they were the parents of many sea monsters.

Phorcys is often seen as a symbol of the dangers and mysteries of the sea, and the power of the ancient deities that ruled over it. He was also seen as a representation of the unknown and the fear of the unknown.