anyone shed any further light on any of the following snippets or add
any to the list?
- The 150-ton schooner 'Pearl' sailing into the Bay of Bengal,
on the 10th of May 1874, was attacked by a giant squid and sunk. Apparently
some of the survivors were rescued by a P & O Liner.... Sir Francis Chichester, of solo navigation fame, wrote
of the incident that, to him, the most convincing evidence of authenticity (of the report) was the casual remark that the man who warned the master of the Pearl not to molest the squid was a Newfoundlander...because, in Chichester's opinion, at the time of the incident the one place in the world where men were most likely to know about large squids, and their ferocity if attacked, was Newfoundland...
On a raft, in 1942, shipwrecked men dying of thirst, surrounded by
sharks and fast losing hope were astounded when a giant squid appeared
beside them, and snatched a man with a huge tentacle. Another tentacle came over and fastened itself on
the right leg and body of a man named Cox ,but the others grabbed him
and prevented the squid from taking him. He lost lumps of skin but survived, scarred for
life... More about this is contained in .pdf form at http://www.navyhistory.org.au/review/80-1.pdf
Navy warship 'Stein's anti submarine sonar dome stopped functioning. On inspection it was found to be
deeply scratched, with the longest cut at about four feet, as though
raked by giant claws. An object found embedded under the rubber coating
was either a tooth or a claw which looked as though it had been wrenched from
- About every 30 years in cold Labrador waters off St. John's in
Newfoundland there is an incident involving giant squid. Giant squids were known for grabbing
survivors of shipwrecks. Each sucker on their huge tentacles has a ring of teeth in it,
the suction cups make contact and the teeth pierce flesh. The squid has
a beak, like a parrot. The maximum size measured in the area was 150
In 1896, Prof. Joseph Genaro of New York Uninersity found a 32' stump of a
tentacle on beach, weighing more than 6 tons. Known as Web's octopus , a small piece
remains at the Smithsonian Institute. Genaro found, on analysis, that it was
too similar to 'true' octopus. It was indeed a gigantic octopus...
- 'Mega-mouth'...a shark weighing over a ton...a great sea serpent spotted
by the crew of the Norwegian ship HMS Dedalus, in the Gulf of Aden. They
clearly saw a giant serpents head...
- 35 miles from Vancouver a young man, John Andrews, fishing off a
pier, clearly saw a long snake-like creature with fins. The head was about one and a half feet long
and 8 or 9" wide. He even had time to observe that the eyes could move independently.
The body was as thick as his thigh and was undulating as it swam right below
Some monsters of the deep have been observed to have a giraffe-like head, some a 'mane'...there
are apparently drawings made off Discovery Island of a creature with
what seemed to be a mane...
Thirty miles off Lizzard Point in Cornwall, UK, George Vinnicombe
and John Cox saw what they thought was an upturned boat. It was something with humps about three feet above the
sea which was flat calm. as they came astern of it, a head surfaced, it gradually sank out of sight...it
must have weighed several tons, was prehistoric looking and about the same length as
the boat which was 36 feet long...
In a moment we will offer links to some fascinating
sites on related topics, but first we must ask if YOU have come across an inexplicable sight or
phenomenon at sea? We would love to hear your story and, if you have
pictures, to see them and share them with our readers.
Off the Orkneys, a creature with a mane, tiny head and long neck
was seen by many observers in December 1977...
Equally, if you have managed to find an explanation for any of the
phenomena which are usually deemed 'mysteries' we would be fascinated.
If there is something which is puzzling you and you think a reader might
be able to explain it, this may be the place to ask...whatever the input
you'd like to make, E-mail us and we'll share it with everyone...
meanwhile, you may like to check one or more of these sites out:
Report on Giant Squid Attack On French Boat
Kids - Enchanted Learning on Giant Squids
on Sea Monsters
With a Finny Monster
Gloucester Sea Serpent
on the Gloucester Sea Serpent
Unnatural Museum on Sea Serpents