March 22


Matthew Strong, a missionary, and other passengers on a voyage from Bombay to Aden on the steamship Hydaspes reportedly witnessed a great mass of what looked like tangled seaweed, 20 or 30 feet in length and 10 feet in width and a still greater part below the water. From the centre of the mass was raised a great black head, with a flat top, in shape something like a monstrous toad, the eyes being at either end of the head, about 3 feet apart and with eyeballs 4 or 5 inches in diameter, constantly scintillating and of a burning bright copper hue. At the centre of its eyeballs was a mere speck of white light. It followed the ship for a while, until, in response to the shrill cries of the children on board, it raised its head, uttered a strange bellow, and came towards the ship. When a few feet from the stern it suddenly turned and came up close on the port side and raised itself until its head was 30 or 40 feet above the terrified witnesses, cried ever more loudly and made three blows at the mainmast, the last touching it and causing the ship to sway violently. The creature then disappeared.

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