|Thomas Finley's excellent painting of a long-necked "sea serpent" with a horse-like head.|
In an article on his CryptoZooNews blog, well known cryptozoological researcher Loren Coleman released some recent information which caught my attention. Two middle aged men kayaking in Somes Sound (off of Acadia National Park in Maine) on Thursday, August 22, 2013 allegedly witnessed an unknown aquatic animal. The details currently available reveal that the animal had a three foot long, scaly horse-like head. While it is certainly possible that the men were startled by a surfacing moose, details like scaly skin and a three foot long head do not coincide with the features of such an ungulate. It is interesting to note that many reports of "sea serpents" throughout history described the animals as having horse-like heads, and many of these observations were detailed and apparently at close range. I currently wonder if Tyler Stone's hypothesis of partially dried hair or rough skin creating the appearance of scales on longnecks could be true in regard to this report.
|Tyler's example of short, partially dried hair on otters giving the appearance of scales.|
|Tyler's example of the rough, scarred skin of a male elephant seal looking like scales.|
Whether it was a moose, a longneck, or a miserably false observation, this is a very interesting report in the respect that it is so recent. Hopefully, more details will be released in the near future regarding this possible sighting of what may have been a genuine long-necked "sea serpent."