From 2007 The
Monterey County Weekly
The tale of Bobo,
’s sea creature, resurfaces. By Staff Monterey Bay
It was a clear fall day, and the
This account by Mr. E.J. Lear was published by the Santa Cruz Sentinel in 1925 a few days before the body washed up on shore.:
"I was driving a team toward Capitola, when suddenly I was attracted by some young sea lions not far out. They were lined up and several large lions were swimming back and forth in front of them. Much farther out I saw the water being churned to foam and thrown high up in the air. It was shiny and I took it for a big fish. A dozen or more lions were battling it, and every once in a while all would raise out of the water. It looked to me as though all the sea lions were attacking it beneath as the monster came out of the water several times. In telling of the battle of that night I estimated its length at 30 feet.
"The battle continued as long as I could see it from the road. I was driving toward Capitola with a load of sand. I have not seen the monster on the beach, but it may have been that which I saw."
A few days later the body of a strange creature was discovered by Charles Moore on the shore in the very same area that Mr. Lear saw the battle. The body was examined by a naturalist, E. L. Wallace who said "My examination of the monster was quite thorough. I felt in its mouth and found it had no teeth. Its head is large and its neck fully twenty feet long. The body is weak and the tail is only three feet in length from the end of the backbone. These facts do away with the whale theory, as the backbone of a whale is far larger than any bone in this animal. Again, its tail is too weak for an animal of the deep and does away with that last version. With a bill like it possesses, it must have lived on herbage . . . I would call it a type of plesiosaurus."" Later, Mr. Wallace offered the theory that the monster may have been preserved in a glacier for millions of years, finally being released by the gradual melting of ice, eventually ending up cast upon the shore in
A book on the subject but may now be out of print: The Old Man of Monterey Bay and Mysterious Sea Monsters of California's
The carcass that was found was thought to be a beaked whale (as does the first Colletto sighting) but that doesn’t explain the second Colletto sighting. The wrinkled skin may have been large squid but you would have thought fishermen would have recognised that.