I was wondering if there was any connection between these sea serpents sightings in 1780 and the discovery of dinosaur bones the same year.
Excerpt from the log of the ship General Coole, around 1780: "A very large snake passed the ship. It was 3 or 4 feet in circumference. The back was of light color and the belly yellow." - S.H. Saxby, Master Mariner, Bouchurch, Isle of Wright.
In May 1780, Captain George Little of the frigate
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In 1780 there was a discovery of an enormous fossil reptile in underground quarries near the Dutch town of
Could Sea Serpent sightings and other reported cryptid sightings be influenced by finds of fossils ? Could thunderbirds have been reported after the fossils of flying lizards were discovered? It is just a thought that sometimes we ought to look at influences outside of sightings such as the media and folklore when looking at reported sightings of unknown animals. Sometimes there is truth in folklore and sometimes people see what they want to see. It is certainly something I will take into account when interviewing witnesses in future. It was always there at the back of my mind but a reminder is always a good thing.
Some sea serpent tales from the 1500’s onwards(can also be viewed in HTML through google):www.kouroo.info/general/SeaSerpentSightings.pdf