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Friday, June 28, 2013

GLEN VAUDREY'S WHOLE WIDE WORLD #29 Faroe isles


29. Faroe isles
Our first stop in the European leg of our travels brings us to the rather charming Danish dependency of the Faroe isles. While they consist of only 18 islands they do have a number of creatures of cryptozoological interest. However the one I am going to look at today wasn’t on the land but was to be spotted in the waters around the islands.

The event took place a few years before 1846 and concerned a sighting made by Captain Christmas of the Danish Navy. Whilst in command of a Danish frigate sailing between Iceland and the Faroe isles he spotted something most unusual in the water, a large shoal of porpoises were racing towards the ship giving the impression that they were trying to get away from something unpleasant. That something unpleasant soon made an appearance, a horse-like head upon a neck some 18 feet tall appeared out of the water before heading back under the waves in a motion similar to that of a duck diving. Was it just coincidence that the creature was sighted close to the fleeing mammals or does it give a clue to what these large mystery sea creatures love to eat?

If you would like to read more about the mystery animals of the Faroe isles then I would recommend that you get your hands on a copy of my book The Mystery Animals of the British Isles: The Northern Isles, if only to find out how I managed to include them in a book about the British Isles.
Our next stop is just a short boat trip away. We are off to Scotland.

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