During WWI, the Commander of the German U-Boat reported an “explosive” encounter off the coast of Ireland with a colossal crocodile-like creature, which can be described as nothing short of prehistoric.
“This great and wide sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts. There go the ships: there is that leviathan, whom thou hast made to play therein.”
Psalms 104: 24-26
Covering over seventy percent of our planet’s surface, the Earth’s oceans are an ever evolving enigma by which we are constantly surrounded and perpetually surprised. Approximately two-thirds of the Earth’s population lives within 50 miles of the coast, and almost half of the world’s major metropolitan centers are situated around the tide-washed estuaries and river-mouths of these aquatic continents.
The oceans have long been considered to be the fount of all life as we know it and continues to serve as the primary source of nourishment and employment for the better part of our planet’s population. Still, as it has often been said, we know more about the surface of that cold satellite hovering 400,000 miles above, then about the vast, life rich depths of the deep blue.
No one can deny that our oceans are teeming with life, most of which has probably never seen the light of day, but there can be little doubt – even among the most hard line and conservative of marine biologists – that the oceans also serve as home to some of the most astounding and mysterious animals this world has ever known… and, more likely than not, a few that we can’t even imagine yet.
In summer of 1950, off the coast of Cliftonville, a tourist had a run in with a bizarre sea beast that would haunt him for the rest of his days.
In 1884, the crew of the steam-tug Churchill had an encounter with a truly horrific sea beast off the notoriously monster ridden coast of Port Natal, South Africa.
In 1969, an Alaskan shrimp boat fitted with state of the art sonar surveillance equipment encountered a creature, which — due to its enormity — the men on board could only speculate must be a “dinosaur.”
According to an account, which was published in the July 30 edition of the Vancouver Sun, no less than four fishermen we assailed in their boats by a huge, tusked, serpentine creature in July of 1976.
Arguably the most amazing sea serpent encounter in the New World revolves around the hundreds of eyewitness accounts of a 100-foot long, large eyed, sharp toothed, scaly, reptilian beast, which is said to lurk in the waters off the harbor of Gloucester on the Atlantic coastline.
Not much is known about this encounter other than the fact that this huge-eyed beast purportedly attacked and killed at least one sailor.