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Monday, June 21, 2010

LINDSAY SELBY: The Augusta Sea Serpent

On August 11th, 1888, a monster attacked the schooner Augusta off the south east coast of Newfoundland. Six dories were sent out from the schooner and one of them was chased back to the Augusta by a huge, monstrous creature that emerged from the water and chased the dory to the schooner, only to the submerge again. The monster undulated through the water at great speeds, not unlike an eel or snake, and was close to 100 feet long. Its head, which raised above the water for 15 to 20 feet, was huge and lizard-like with immense eyes. Its body was brown with stripes, about 20 feet thick with a huge fin. The creature reappeared later as the dories went out to get their trawls and chased another of the six dories. It attempted to wrap itself into coils around the boat but lost its speed, only to later catch up and smash at the dory with its deadly tail. The schooner captain shot at the beast as it sank into the sea. The Augusta returned to St. John's where the story appeared in local papers. Some believe that the creature was a giant squid, similar to ones seen in various places around the world but the experienced fishermen of Newfoundland know it was a sea serpent, and is still out there, hidden deep in the waters, waiting...

-----told to St. John's newspapers by Thomas Grant, owner of the Augusta---

I am not at all well at the moment but posted a sea serpent report to keep you amused. Maybe some one would like to hazard a guess at what it might have been, if it is a misidentified creature, and post a comment.

1 comment:

Dale Drinnon said...

Bingo! another lizard-headed bigeyed creature a hundred feet long exactly like the big one out of the San Clemente series. It fits the type exactly-a type completely missed by Heuvelmans BTW. I am very happy you pointed this out.
The one complaint I would have would be that the widest measure of the body has been exaggerated, unless that twenty feet represents the girth at the base of the neck, in which case that also matches.