Facts: Sea Monster

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  • In 1845 Albert C Koch, a German-born amateur paleontologist unveiled a complete sea serpent fossil skeleton which he called ‘Hydrarchos harlani’ and alleged he had discovered it in Alabama. The bones were put on display for the public in New York and Boston and attracted a great deal of attention. The skeleton was 114ft/35m long and was claimed to have been a ferocious beast when alive. He was later outed as a fraud and it was revealed that the bones came from five fossil specimens of "Zeuglodon", an Eocene whale better known today as Basilosaurus that had been added together to create a giant serpent.

  • Caddy sightings have not all been just glimpses – in February 1953 at least ten people allegedly watched it for an hour as it cavorted through Qualicum Bay, Vancouver Island. The following year, in an area near Nanaimo, a group of more than thirty people reported watching it simultaneously as well. Such reports make it difficult to dismiss these sightings as hoaxes.

  • The name for the local sea serpent Cadborosaurus, and Caddy for short was coined in the Victoria Daily Times on October 11th 1933 in honour of Cadboro Bay in Victoria, Vancouver Island where the creature was allegedly first sighted. Although the suggestion came by letter to the newspaper offices, the address was traced back to the local jail and the inventor of the name has never been found.

  • Caddy was a big hit with the local press back in the 1930’s. As the newspapers were filled with doom and gloom of the financial crisis and impending war, Caddy offered some light relief. The Victoria Daily Times and the Victoria Daily Colonist even had an intense rivalry over publishing reported sightings. In 1933 the Colonist even offered a $20 reward for a good photo of Caddy and by 1951 The Times had raised it to $200. The reward is still unclaimed.

  • There are four species of oarfish, but it is the Regalecus glesne or King of the Herrings that is listed in the Guinness Book for Records as the longest bony fish alive as the maximum reported length of the oarfish is 36ft but there have been unconfirmed reports of ones 56ft/17m long! They are very rarely sighted as they live at depths of around 600ft - 3000ft and only come to the surface when sick or dying.

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