Ever since the first man set foot on a ship, Sailors have believed in sea monsters. These gigantic, fierce creatures have been the talk of the seven seas for centuries. It was a great fear when Columbus crossed the ocean to America. Back in 1734, Hans Egede, a Norwegian missionary set out on a voyage to Greenland. Here is his report on what happened:
“On July 6, 1734, there appeared a horrible animal of the sea which came up out of the water. It was so big, its head reached up to the mainsail. It had a sharp, long snout that blew hard like a whale. and large, broad flippers. Its huge body looked to be covered with hard, wrinkled skin. The lower part of its body was like that of a large snake. When it went below the water, it raised its tail high above the surface, and it was as long as the ship from stem to stern.”
The most incredible case ever reported came out of Japanese waters back in 1977. An old fishing trawler, the Zuiyo Maru, caught something huge in its nets. Once the fishermen brought in the net, they discovered the badly decomposed body of a huge, unidentified sea creature. When they hung it up on the mast, its long neck dangled down. The body of this decomposing sea creature weighed over two tons.
After carefully studying the creature, they found that it was not a fish, nor a whale of any kind. It was nothing like they had ever seen before. The captain of the ship took many pictures of the creature, which measured 32 feet long. The crew took several samples of the creatures’ flesh and brought them back to port with color photographs. The captain took the pictures to and his report to some local marine biologists.
After hours of studying the photos and other evidence, the scientists we quite baffled. The sea creature was unknown and was impossible to classify. Finally, after putting the story altogether and reexamining the flesh samples, the Japanese scientists concluded that the creature was closest to a large extinct land dinosaur called the Plesiosaur, which last walked the earth 70 million years ago.