Thursday 6 August 2009

The Ayia Napa Sea Monster Investigations

The Ayia Napa Sea Monster is said to live off the coast of Ayia Napa in Cyprus. Ayia Napa lies at the eastern part of Cyprus, just south of Famagusta and forms part of a larger area known as Kokkinochoria island

Most sightings occur around Cape Greko It is known by the local fishermen as "to filiko teras" which translates to "the friendly monster". There have been no reports of it causing any harm, although it has been reported at times to rip and drag away fishing nets.It is described as a cross between a porpoise and a dragon. The creature was supposedly spotted in Cape Greco and photographed several times.(I have been unable to find any of the photos to put on the blog).Many believers like to believe that the creature is connected to the sea monster from Greek mythology called “Skylla”. Some witnesses say that it looks like a giant maiden in the torso with a serpent for its lower body.

I did however find the following article:

By Alethea Reynolds dated 28.OCT.08
Rumours are again rife that some kind of reptile or large sea creature is lurking below the water in the Kouris Dam. Talk of the dam being occupied by a “strange creature” started to circulate three years ago, when a report was made that a crocodile had been dumped in the deep waters.Since then, there have been countless sightings of the “creature from the depths”, with some local newspapers calling the mystery the “Cyprus Loch Ness".
One citizen was so adamant he had spotted the creature that he told a newspaper “I watched this serpent with my own two eyes, this was no mistake.”
Despite the speculation, no proof has yet been found and even the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Affairs have drawn a blank on the Kouris mystery. An official from the ministry confirmed that they were actively searching for the creature, adding fuel to the rumours that the lake was home to some kind of serpent. Reports suggest that officials will try and coax the beast from the murky depths by using bait such as live hens and raw meat. In recent days rain has hampered the search effort, which is expected to resume tomorrow. A local community leader, Savvas Sava, told a daily newspaper yesterday that if the creature is caught then it will become a tourist attraction and facilities to house it must be constructed.
- Copyright © Famagusta Gazette 2008

SO the mystery continues .There is a theory that it is a prehistoric animal that has survived in the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea , but that seems highly unlikely in view of the pollution now in all seas. I doubt the sea is now crystal clear as it was in the Jurassic period.

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