Do Real Sea Monsters Exist?
As children we have all heard stories about creatures that live in the sea. Some stories have scared us so badly that even today, we are afraid to go into the water. Do such things really exist, or are they a figment of our imagination? Well, no one really knows for sure what lies deep beneath the water’s surface, but let’s take a look at some of my favorites.
The Loch Ness Monster
Credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loch_Ness_MonsterThis lake monster originated from supposed sightings in Loch Ness Lake in Scotland. The legend of the Loch Ness Monster has been around since 1933. It is believed that he is a distant surviving relative to the plesiosaurs family. Scientific belief is that the creature simply does not exist and is some type of hoax. But those that have seen him first hand think otherwise. The first sighting was made by Alex Campbell, who was the custodian of Loch Ness. Interestingly enough, he also worked on a part-time basis for the Inverness Courier. The first photograph appeared in December of the same year, shot by Hugh Gray. The Surgeons Photograph is the most famous as it shows the head and neck of what surely appears to be likened to that of a dinosaur. He has become a part of Scotland folklore and will continue to keep tourist interested and fearful.
The legend of these small green, yellow eyed water creatures hail from Yorkshire in England. The stories of these small creatures grabbing little children that play to closely by the water’s edge have scared kids for ages. Some people actually call Grindylows bogeymen and they have become so popular in English culture that they have even been mentioned in “Harry Potter” books and movies.
Gloucester Sea SerpentCredit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_serpent
This sea creature was first reported in August 1817 in Gloucester, Massachusetts. The report said that a 60 foot beast with a turtle head had been observed moving at a high rate of speed across the harbor, he was said to move vertically. Eventually due to so many reports of the creature; the Linnaean Society of New England formed a group to go to Gloucester and gather evidence and witness accounts of what they saw. From the information gathered scientist believed a new species had been discovered call the Scoliophis atlanticus. In 1859, a creature said to be the Gloucester Sea Serpent attacked a ship called the Banner. In 1997, along Fortune Bay, Newfoundland the sea serpent was reported again. So does he really exist or is he just a legend?
Credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OgopogoThere is an Indian legend that speaks of a sea creature that was supposedly possessed by a demonic spirit of a killer. The Canadian inhabitants have called Ogopogo the Loch Ness Monster of North America. The legend of this sea creature dates back to 1870. During the original sighting; he was described as a floating tree trunk, 50 feet long, going against the current. Numerous sightings of this creature have told a tale of a white wash, moving down the lake faster than ferry boats to an object going up and down in the lake having three humps on its head. The last sighting was in 2010, in Gellatly Bay. At this time Ogopogo was described as light brown and green and big as a bus. In 2000 a reward was being offered for Ogopogo’s capture or real proof that he exists. In September 2001, the offer expired as no one ever came forward. The added intrigue to this story is that the Ogopogo is actually considered an endangered species protected under the Fisheries Act.
Ancient Sea Monsters Might Be Real
As you can see there are many sea creatures lurking the waters around the world. From one country to another tales are told about dangerous sea creatures large and small frightening men, women, and children. Do any of these creatures actually exist? That’s the question that everyone wants to know. Is it possible that whatever the species; they are smart enough to know that if we knew with certainty that they existed; much like our movie stars, they would never be left alone. If it were you, wouldn’t that be enough to keep you just under the radar or below the surface. Think about it; the best myths and legends are the ones that keep you guessing. So the next time you go into the water and you feel something glide by you remember; these creatures aren’t real, are they?