Friday 5 August 2011

sea serpent tales

Seen a serpent lately?
Published: Friday, August 5, 2011 1:38 AM EDT
From the dawn of time, men have reported seeing sea serpents. These weird creatures populate literature, paintings, films and even sculpture. We still hear about sightings of Nessie — the Loch Ness Monster. A more tourist-friendly sort called Champ is said to inhabit Lake Champlain.Author Ray Bradbury made a lonely sea monster the star of his short story “The Foghorn,” where the beast answers the call of a lighthouse with tragic results.
Since August is Sea Serpent Month and Saturday is Sea Serpent Day, we thought we would salute the mythical (or not) monsters that stir our imaginations and haunt our nightmares.
One of the earliest sightings was made in 1734 by missionary Hans Egede who offered a reliable first-hand account of a giant beast near the coast of Greenland. According to, “it had a long, sharp snout … and was formed like a snake.”
In 1752, Erik Pontoppidan, the Bishop of Bergen, wrote a published report of seeing the Kraken, a horned creature so large that when it surfaced, most of its body remained underwater.
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