Historical accounts of sightings of strange creatures are always interesting.
Bishop Erik Ludvigsen Pontoppidan who wrote Natural History of
(I believe this can be found in Monsters of the Sea by Richard Ellis) ,believed in sea serpents. In his book he described ,a creature seen in 1746, a type of sea serpent resembling a horse with big black eyes, a long white mane and a body coiled like that of a snake. However he also believed in the "kraken" which he said was 1.5 miles in circumference and as large as a floating island. Although we know the Kraken as the giant squid these days, I feel the size the Bishop states must be an exaggeration.
This one from 1817 is interesting. (also appears in: Monsters of the Sea by Richard Ellis)
"There was seen on Monday and Tuesday morning playing around the harbor between Eastern Point and Ten Pound Island, a SNAKE with his head and body about eight feet out of water, his head is in perfect shape as large as the head of a horse, his body is judged to be about FORTY-FIVE or FIFTY FEET IN LENGTH." So read a broadside published in
I then found this account: On August 22, 1817, a publication in
So what was the sea monster seen in