Mysterious Monsters

During the course of my research into the legends of sea serpents, I happened upon an article titled “Mysterious Monsters” that appeared in the Mohave County Miner (Mineral Park, Arizona) on November 17, 1888. The article discussed in detail reports of sea serpents.

The following excerpts are taken from the article:

A young sea-serpent was killed with a pitchfork on Good Harbor beach, Mass., in 1817, and was exhibited for days in the house of Captain John Beach…

Captain McQuhae, of H. M. S. Daedalus, described the sea-serpent he and his crew saw on August 6, 1848, as more than sixty feet long, of a dark brown color, with no fins, but something like a mane on the back of the neck, which was about sixteen inches through.

Bishop Pontopidon, whose account, being based on hearsay, is very little credited, said the Norway sea-serpent was gray, with a black mouth, long mane and a head not unlike a horse.

Rev. Paul Egede, a missionary to Greeland, says…he saw on July 6, 1774, a sea-serpent with a long, sharp snoot, that spouted like a whale…

The Roundout aquatic snake was said to have a molted back, a long dorsal fin, and to be about fifty-five feet long…The Gloucester (Mass.) sea-serpent seemed to be about 80 feet in length…

Virgil’s description of a sea-serpent is: “Lacoon, the priest, was sacrificing a bull before the sacred altars, when lo! on the tranquil deep, twin sea serpents are seen making their way to the shore. Their bloody crests and erect breasts o’ertop the waves. They wriggle along over the surface in great coils, lashing the sea into a foam. Soon they reach the land, and, with fiery, bloodshot eyes, lick their jaws with hissing tongues.”

The last account, from Virgil, the Roman poet, is interesting. Virgil spoke of the sea serpents quite matter-of-factly. Unfortunately, more than 2,000 years after his death, sea serpents still have not been proven to exist.


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