Wednesday, October 10, 2012
CRYPTOLINK: Serpents in the Waters of Time - Historical Accounts of Sea Serpentry
Even in modern times, stories of sea monsters fascinate us and taunt our minds with incredible possibilities. Could it be that tremendous reptiles–dinosaurs, in essence–could still exist on our planet, and inhabit the darkened waters of our ocean’s depths?
A classic story related by the marine scientist Lionel Walford in 1963 would indicate that something along these lines appears to be the case. In July of the aforementioned year, Walford and his company claimed to have seen a 50-foot-long, undulating serpent-like creature, observed as it swam near the surface only a few miles off the New York shoreline. “It resembled a transparent sea monster. It looked so much like jelly. I could see no bones and no eyes, nose, or mouth. But there it was, undulating along, looking as if it were almost made of fluid glass.”
What was the creature that Walford and his crew had seen? In many ways, the translucent quality the animal possessed is reminiscent of what are known as leptocephalus, the scientific name for eel larvae. However, the larvae form of the eel is never known to grow to such great sizes, let alone the parent animal when fully grown. In other instances, the animals are far more serpentine in both color as well as appearance, the likes of which we often find in historical accounts that leave us wondering whether dinosaurs might not actually exist in our very midst.
Posted by Jon Downes at 12:36 PM