" Along with the debris was a creature described as a "gigantic aquatic animal" resembling a crocodile, which quickly disappeared from sight"
There have been many accounts from the same era about similar reptilian creatures, typically with crocodillian/reptilian bodies, a tale with a vertical fin, eyes that are set out from the head on stalk-like protrusions on either side of the head, a set of notable fangs/tusks from the upper jaw, all described as being nearly as big or bigger than a whale.
On April 3, 1918, in the waning days of WWI, the British patrol vessel Coreopsis came across the disabled German submarine UB-85 off of the Belfast Lough of Ireland. The German crew were taken as prisoners of war after abandoning ship when the Coreopsis opened fire and their Captain, Gunther Krech, was later interrogated telling British Officers that the U Boat had surfaced the night before in order to recharge the submarine’s batteries. While Krech and a handful of his men were getting some fresh air an abrupt surge rocked the ship as a heavy weight seemed to bring down the starboard bow. Out of the darkness of the night a strange beast of immense proportions climbed out of the ocean onto the side of the vessel. The beast was described as having large eyes set in a “horny sort of skull” (which was relatively small to the rest of its bulk) with teeth that could be seen glistening in the moonlight. With the creature holding fast to the U-boat’s forward gun mount the crew opened fire fearing the behemoth would sink or capsize the vessel. Eventually the creature relented disappearing back into the dark waters, but not before leaving the damaged UB-85 incapable of submerging and vulnerable on the surface resulting in it subsequent capture.
Gloucester Seas Serpent
In August 1817, reports of a giant sea serpent that moved rapidly through the harbor were reported in Gloucester, and the serpent went known as Gloucester Sea Serpent. It was said to have a turtle-like head adorned with a spear or horn and the body as wide as a barrel. The reports gained so much momentum, the Linnaean Society of New England assembled a team to collect evidence and David Humphreys traveled to collect eyewitnesses’ reports.
The Linnaean Society of New England published a report that the sightings were evidence about a new animal, Scoliophis atlantica. The name was not appreciated, and received a lot of parodies. In April 1859, a creature fitting the description of the serpent attacked the British sailing vessel Banner.
Although the facts surrounding this incident are scarce at best, what we do know is that in 1808 eyewitnesses reported that an Australian three-masted bark was allegedly attacked by an unknown animal , which, according to the account: “…had climbed across bow and bitten or chewed, one of the hands.” Allegedly the creature’s vicious onslaught continued until the captain went below deck, only to return with two firearms firing them into each of the creature’s gigantic eyes, at which point it slipped back into the sea, never to return again.
Described as having eyes the size of a “warrior’s shield” there are precious few other details from which to draw a portrait of this aggressive, and presumably large, semi-aquatic beast. While it has been suggested that, due to its large eyes, this creature may be related to the GIANT SQUID, the distinct absence of any tentacles or a beak-like maw in description would seem to indicate otherwise. In fact some have even drawn connections between this beast and the UB-85 Atrocity.
An interesting (though likely unrelated) footnote: 1808 was also the year that Scotland’s notorious STRONSAY BEAST washed ashore.
Cape Sable Serpent
A fifty foot long, barnacle covered, stalk eyed, tusked, serpentine creature, the Cape Sable Serpent remains, like many other cryptids of the 70s cryptid/UFO craze, a relatively isolated incident with only three documented encounters during July of 1976. First sighted by Canadian angler Eisner Penney while fishing near Cape Sable Island, off the coast of Nova Scotia (not far from the alleged hunting grounds of the Gloucester Serpent) Penny glimpsed the mammoth creature slowly rising and diving in the surf. Assuming it to be a whale due to the size it quickly became apparent that the creature was anything but when it drew alongside his boat prompting him to flee and traumatizing him so much he refused to set out on water for weeks afterwards.
The second sighting was by Keith Ross and his 24-year old son Rodney while anchored in foggy waters several miles off Pollock’s Ledge. When Rodney saw something stirring in the water, his father dismissed it as a Sunfish but the two men were struck in awe when a 50-foot creature emerged from the murky depths of the fog and headed straight for their boat. They described it as having red bloodshot eyes as big around as saucers that were set in sockets but protruded on stalks. Its mouth was wide open brandishing two large tusks from its upper jaw and as it passed them they noticed its lumpy barnacle covered reptilian hide and vertically finned tail. Rodney described the beast, in all, appearing almost like a giant crocodile with some features resembling those of a sea horse.
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The third and final encounter in this incident occurred a few nights later when fisherman Edgar Nickerson, and his 15-year old son Robert, heard the leviathan splashing in the fog while they were pulling up fishing gear. Thinking it was a whale they turned on their sounder to scare it off, but the creature continued towards them terrifying both men who could only described it as "the Devil".
A modern sighting from May 4, 1997 comes from two fishermen, Charles Bungay and C. Clarke, who were out fishing in Fortune Bay on the southern coast of Newfoundland when they saw what seemed to be a group of floating garbage bags. In their attempt to be environmentally conscious, they approached the area only to see a six foot long neck and horse-like head emerge from the water. Though attributed to the Cape Sable Serpent the description of the creature in this sighting seemed quite different from the beast encountered back in 1976.
San Clemente Monster
The creature seems to have first surfaced between 1914 and 1919, in the waters of the Outer Santa Barbara Channel, between the islands of San Clemente and Catalina. For years it was periodically spotted by fishermen, many of whom were members of the Tuna Club, a prominent big-game fishing group. The club's secretary, Ralph Bandini, sighted the San Clemente Monster several times, and wrote about it in his 1932 book, "Tight Lines." He described a maned creature with a columnar neck 5 or 6 feet thick, that lifted 10 feet out of the water. Especially notable, he said, were the bulging eyes a foot in diameter.
Bandini saw only part of the animal, of course, but from what he did witness, he deduced that the entire creature must have been larger than a whale. It was so enormous that its body did not move with the waves, but rather remained still in the water. When it submerged, it dropped straight down, with no swirling or splashing water; in Mr. Bandini's words, it was "a leisurely, majestic sinking." Interestingly, the sightings reported by many witnesses through the years have been remarkably consistent regarding the animal's appearance and behavior.
On April 15th 1969, a 65-foot shrimp boat called the M.V. Mylar was dragging for shrimp off the coast of Raspberry Island in the Shelikoff Strait near Kodiak Island, Alaska. Fitted with the most advanced sonar technology of the time, the Simrad EH2A, the crew was shocked by the radar image of what appeared to be a 150-180 foot long anomaly approximately 55 fathoms beneath them. The object appeared to be a living creature with a distinctly dinosaur-like appearance with four flippers, a long neck and short tapered tail (plesiosaur).
First brought to international attention by esteemed author, adventurer and paranormal investigator, Ivan T. Sanderson, the facts surrounding this case offered some of the most intriguing “proof” for the existence of a heretofore unknown species of colossal aquatic fauna. However as the graph printout of the radar has long since been lost little solid evidence remains of the incident.
Matagi Mystery Carcasses
No less than four colossal carcasses were allegedly filmed in an underwater cave off the coast of Matagi in 1990, leaving marine biologists mystified as to the identity of the remains. This account comes to us from a story which appeared in The Daily Mail, dated May 29, 1990. The report claims that the remains of four bizarre creatures were discovered and videotaped by scuba diver Kevin Deacon, while exploring a sub-oceanic cave off the coast of the Fijian island known as Matagi. According to Deacon, the gigantic carcasses were approximately 30-feet long, with skulls at least 3-feet in length. Deacon claimed that he literally stumbled upon the disturbing cadavers amidst a plethora of seaweed and coral in the bowels of a Fijian cave. Deacon, an experienced South Pacific diver, elaborated that he had never encountered anything quite like this beneath the surf: “They bear no resemblance to any marine creature I know. They look more like a land animal or an amphibian.” The Daily Mail further reported that the marine experts who had thus far seen the video footage — which is unfortunately not available online — were no closer to identifying the origin or species of these creatures than Deacon himself. That having been said, skeptics have been quick to point out that the remains may be those of a small pod of severely decomposed pilot whales who became trapped in the cave and drowned. How or why one (much less four) of these intelligent creatures managed to get themselves trapped in this cave is a topic upon which there has been no comment. It’s worth noting that there is a plethora of early Samoan legends regarding fierce sea monsters.
This was actually a few days ago in Greece.