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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

MUIRHEAD'S MYSTERIES: A sea serpent head in Honolulu

An interesting sea serpent story came my way a few days ago. From the Jonesboro Evening Sun of May 11th 1905

 MODEL OF CHINA`S DRAGON

 Head of sea serpent recently captured displayed in Honolulu

 Honolulu is the possessor of the head of a real sea serpent. The intact bones of the curious head are on exhibition in the window of a store in that city,and hundreds of curious people crowd around the place waiting to get a glimpse of the strange object,says a recent report to the New York Sun. William Herbert Melton Ayres brought to Hawaii what is probably the first head of a serpent to be placed on exhibition. He came to Hawaii seven years ago ,later went to Shanghai and a short time ago he returned to Honolulu
quite unexpectedly .

He walked into the office of the Bulletin and asked if that paper cared to have a story about a sea serpent. He was asked not to slam the door in going out. Nothing daunted, Ayres again descended on the office,bearing a large carpet bag. Depositing the package on the sporting editor`s desk he insisted upon opening it,and revealed to the surprised gaze of all the bones of the head of a huge sea monster. The jawbones measured about four feet, the head being a couple of feet wide. There were 160 teeth, 80 upper and as many lower. The specimen was utterly unlike anything seen as far as the records go. Ayres stated that he had purchased the head from a Chinese fisherman who had found the body of the serpent washed upon the shore, the body measuring 78 feet, apparently having been killed by some passing steamer.

Ayres believes that the serpent thus discovered is a descendant of the monster which inspired the dragon upon the flag of China. (Remember this is long before the flag the Communists adopted in 1949.)

3 comments:

Richard Freeman said...

Where is this from/b Is there a photograph?

Richard Freeman said...

Where is this from/b Is there a photograph?

Yvette Noelani Kama said...

There is a photograph... he - William Shakespeare Herbert Melton Ayres was my son's Great-Great-Grandmother's adoptive father -- and quite an interesting character in Honolulu and the world (part of the Boer Wars, Spanish War, Shanghai writer for the Bund and on and on).

The Pacific commercial advertiser. (Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands), 16 Feb. 1905. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.