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I so want the Loch Ness monster to be real. Same thing with the Yeti, Sasquach, the skunk ape of the Florida swamps. Vampires and zombies — not so much.
Long before scientists descended into the bone-crushing depths of the bay's submarine canyon and filmed some of the most remarkable creatures in God's blue ocean, folks always believed that some Nessy-like creatures inhabited Monterey Bay. People who worked the bay from Monterey, Moss Landing and Santa Cruz knew from the existing measurements of the day that it was a place of unimaginable depths and, possibly, the dark home of unimaginable monsters.
The most-often seen and reported on beast is a sad-looking creature the mariners call "Bobo." Randall A. Reinstedt, the county's leading authority on local sea monsters, ghosts, pirates and bogeymen, wrote the book, literally, on Bobo, or as some call him "the old man of Monterey Bay. Here's a blurb from his book "Mysterious Sea Monsters of California's Central Coast:"