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Saturday, July 31, 2010


Yesterday we covered the story of a mysterious animal, described as a `sea monster` which was seen and photographed off Paignton. No doubt the detractors out there would like to claim that somehow Richard and I faked the whole thing to plug the forthcoming Weird Weekend, but we didn't. Honest!

The thing that I find extraordinary is the level of drivel that is written about it on various internet forums and message boards. The general consensus of opinion seems to be that it is an Indopacific crocodile.

Me? I think it is a basking shark; I think that what appears to be its back is its tail, and the `head` is the tip of its nose, but golly, wouldn't I love to be proved wrong!

(NOTE: I spoke to Richard Freeman yesterday, and although he doesn't agree with my Basking Shark hypothesis, he doesn't know what it is either)

1 comment:

kevin munday said...

the paignton sea monster is a young sperm whale that was already spotted days before in torbay. there is a video on you tube also showing a sperm whale at a similar distance and it looks identical the bulbous part is the tip of the nose, the so called neck is the remainder of the head just breaking surface and the small fin towards the tail end can also be seen