|An example of how dolphins can result in an apparent serpentiform sea beast, using the St. Olaf "sea serpent" sketch.|
(More examples in this post at Frontiers of Zoology)
On last night's podcast, when I was asked what I thought a long necked pinniped would look like I brought up a painting which sadly did not fully fit on the image displayer. But I can now say that this remarkable new painting by cryptozoological artist Thomas Finley fits the features reported for what I hypothesize are long necked pinnipeds, especially those of the maned and horse-headed 'Merhorse' kind which are commonly reported off the coast of British Columbia (Dr. Heuvelmans suspected that these animals were zoologically distinct from the more classic long-necked animals, although researchers such as Peter Costello and myself see no reason to accept the notion with the current data). This hypothetical pinniped is possibly evidenced by the Naden Harbor carcass of 1937 (although I think it has decomposed to some extent if it is a longneck carcass) and the Kelly Nash footage from 2009, both of which I had shared and spoke about on last night's podcast.
|Excellent painting by cryptozoological artist Thomas Finley, titled "Inquisitive Long Neck".|
|Naden Harbor carcass in black; hypothetical longneck body in brown|