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Saturday, May 12, 2012

The San Clemente Sea Creature sightings

Some years ago Lindsay S wrote about the San Clemente sea monster. Now a reader called Greg May writes:

"The late Ken Norris, a former curator of Marineland of the Pacific and one of the world's most respected oceanographers may have posthumously solved the mystery of the San Clemente Sea Monster. In his book, 'The Porpoise Watcher' Norris described the hectic pre-opening days of Marineland in 1954 when they were catching specimens in Catalina Channel off the Southern California coast.

Norris described how he and his staff would observe whales 'spyhopping' - a natural behavior where a whale takes a vertical position in the water with its head out of water to take a look at its' surroundings. Gray whales do this during their annual migration from the Bering Sea to Mexico. When viewed from a certain angle, the spyhopping whale takes on a different appearance.

Norris described how the superstitious fishermen called the spyhopping pilot whale 'monaco' - a Sicilian term meaning a priest wearing black robes. This is what the whales looked like to them when viewed from a certain angle. So the Sea Monster is actually spyhopping whales".

2 comments:

Dale Drinnon said...

Certainly: that kind of whales that are ten feet thick with eyes a foot across or more, and with a mane-like fin running down the length of the middle of the back

Greg May said...

C'mon guys . . . let's face it! In our heart of hearts we yearn to believe that such creatures exist but they don't; otherwise, there would be skeletal or fossil evidence of their existence. Yet we continue to devote ink and webspace to the belief that there are unknown animals out there. The cryptozoological world has made a patron saint out of Marjorie Courtney-Latimer because she identified the coelacanth in 1938 - a fish thought to be extinct for 60 million years. And just because Megamouth - a hitherto unknown species of shark discovered in 1976 - and the Peruvian beaked whale was discovered in the 1980's (a fluke)-we still harbor hope that their are unknown species yet to be identified. Now I see the similarity between cryptozoology and evangelism.