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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Intriguing 100 Year Old Report of an Alleged Australian Sea Serpent

A beautiful painting by cryptozoological artist Thomas Finley
A New Zealand news outlet recently posted an article containing reports of an allegedly unknown animal apparently seen off the coast of Australia by several people on a ship named the Dimboola. Interestingly, the reports were not dismissed due to the large number of people who allegedly saw the animal at a close range; shedding light on how seriously such sightings were taken at that time. The captain of the Dimboola reported that the "sea serpent" had a body which was about fifty feet in length with a brown color like a seal, a tail "of the exaggerated fish variety", and a large head. Interestingly, the expectation that the animal was simply a "big fish" was apparently lost once it was observed. The descriptions of the animal were said to have similarities to the mythical Chinese dragons, which could indicate that it was reportedly similar to a reptile and possessed a "beard" or "whiskers" (although this could have been an inaccurate comparison). In fact, cryptozoological researcher Dale Drinnon has mentioned that such facial integument reported on "sea serpents" is frequently compared to that shown on a Chinese dragon. However, it must be kept in mind that misidentifications of now known species were certainly possible at that time and that this may also be a case of yellow journalism. If it is not, then it contains reportedly reliable and accurate descriptions of an unknown marine animal, which would be of great value to researchers. To read more details of these unknown animal reports, click this link: 'Sea monster' spied in Australia | Otago Daily Times Online News : Otago, South Island, New Zealand & International News

2 comments:

  1. very interesting article, there are a lot of species still unknown in the depths of the oceans.

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