August 10

1817

August 10

CRYPTOZOOLOGY:
Reports from Solomon Allen III: I have seen a strange marine animal, that I believe to be a serpent, in the harbour in Gloucester [Massachusetts, USA]. I should judge him to be between eighty and ninety feet in length, and about the size of a half barrel…I was about 150 yards from him…His head formed something like the head of a rattlesnake, but nearly as large as the head of a horse. When he moved on the surface of the water, his motion was slow, at times playing about in circles, and sometimes moving nearly straight forward. When he disappeared, he sunk apparently down. In a compilation of sightings printed in the Boston Weekly Messenger it was further reported that the creature was sixty to seventy feet in length, that it was about as wide as a barrel, that it moved rapidly in a serpentine fashion, that it was able to double back upon itself instantaneously, that it was "full of joints and resemble[d] a string of buoys on a net," and that all attempts to kill or capture it, including shooting a musket at it from close range, failed.

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