On the Validity of Sea Dragons

by Phillip O’Donnell

Giant squidStories of giant and terrifying creatures surfacing from the depths of the ocean have been circling for thousands of years. Some legends were of the Kraken, which later were found to be the giant squid. Many legendary creatures turned out to be different species of whales and sharks. However, the stories of giant marine reptiles have not been solved. The mystery has only deepens when modern people claim to have seen them. Just last year I spoke with a Lutheran pastor in Florida who saw a long-necked reptile off the coast of Florida. Another was a Sunderland RAF officer who said he saw a 40 foot long-necked marine reptile in the Pacific during the 1950s. To date I have interviewed over 25 people who have seen supposedly “prehistoric” animals still living.

I see no conflict with science regarding the possibility of remnants of the animals still in the present, or recently. It should be enlightening to take a look at what a scientist said in 1892:

“We don’t know with certainty what the Great-Sea-Serpent really is. That it exists, has already been stated by the highest scientific persons, so no doubt need any longer be felt as that fact. – A. C. Oudemans, Doctor of Zoology and Botany, Member of the Zoological Society of the Netherlands“1

More recently Cryptozoologist Paul Harrison, in his book “Sea Serpents and Lake Monsters of the British Isles” wrote:

“If it did survive, the plesiosaur is a major contender for sightings (of sea serpents) both at sea and in inland waters. However the last plesiosaurs are believed to have died out 75 million years ago.”2

…monster of gigantic proportions with a relatively small head, long neck, and four flippers.”

Crew members on board the M. V. Mylark when shocked into believing in the continued existence of giant marine reptiles on April 15, 1969.3 While fishing for shrimp off Raspberry Island, Alaska, the echogram (see Medical Applications) suddenly revealed a monster of gigantic proportions with a relatively small head, long neck, and four flippers. Soon Ivan T Sanderson was at the scene. After subsequent study with the operator and analyzing the printout, he and other present researchers concluded it was genuine.4 That was many years ago, and Sanderson has since passed on, but it still seems possible to locate the printout.

Dr. Farquhar Matheson from Scotland’s West Coast reported a sea dragon in 1893. The doctor had good insight on the creature:

“The time was between one and two…suddenly I saw something rise out of the Loch in front of us – a long stright neck-like thing as tall as my mast. Then it began to draw its neck down and I saw clearly that it was a large sea monster – of the saurian type…there must have been a large base of body to support such a neck. It was not a sea serpent, but much larger and more substantial beast – something of the nature of a gigantic lizard, I should think. An eel could not lift its body like that, nor could a snake.”5

You will also find similar stories from Lake Champlain, Lake Okanagan, and some Norwegian lakes which could be harboring remnants of these animals. It’s a mystery that will be solved.


  1. Gould, Charles. Dragons, Unicorns, and Sea Serpents. Courier Dover Publications, 2002
  2. Harrison, Paul. Sea Serpents and Lake Monsters of the British Isles. Robert Hale Limited, 2001
  3. Garner, Betty. Monster! Monster! Hancock House Publishers, 1995
  4. Argosy magazine, July 1970
  5. Harrison, Paul. Sea Serpents and Lake Monsters of the British Isles. Robert Hale Limited, 2001

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