A Sea Monster of Olde?

Whale of a Sea Monster

Over at Still on the Track, Jon Downes makes the excellent point that "once upon a time, everyone would have thought this was a sea monster." So what is it really?

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LastLoup's picture
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...not that the whale died, but that someone somewhere still thinks it's a sea serpent, not because they lack knowledge of sea life, but because they refuse common sense all together. of course there is life we have yet to discover out there! but every time something is photographed decaying people think it's an alien or monster demon escaped from a government laboratory. it's not. it's just a dead thing that probably died a terrible death. now help me dig a hole and bury this thing so the darn cats don't get at it...

:P

...I forgot how I got here but everyone seems to be heading off in that direction. I hope someone brought food. I have a feeling this is going to be a long journey................

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http://www.amazon.com/First-Fossil-Hunte...

"Griffins, Cyclopes, Monsters, and Giants--these fabulous creatures of classical mythology continue to live in the modern imagination through the vivid accounts that have come down to us from the ancient Greeks and Romans. But what if these beings were more than merely fictions? What if monstrous creatures once roamed the earth in the very places where their legends first arose? This is the arresting and original thesis that Adrienne Mayor explores in The First Fossil Hunters. Through careful research and meticulous documentation, she convincingly shows that many of the giants and monsters of myth did have a basis in fact--in the enormous bones of long-extinct species that were once abundant in the lands of the Greeks and Romans."

LastLoup's picture
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...I am one of those people who do believe that they existed and can exist, no matter how fanciful. I made a lot of strong pointers during a study in college on why the phoenix could have existed. So I have no doubt that they are out there. I just wish some people would listen to the experts. For example, there are some people who still argue the "Montauk Monster" is an alien lab experiment. But the biologists say it was likely a raccoon. and i believe it was, since I am looking at the skull of one right now. does that mean there isn't something out there or was out there that we have never recognized as a species? CERTAINLY NOT!!! I am a lot more open minded than most of the "experts," but within reason.

...I forgot how I got here but everyone seems to be heading off in that direction. I hope someone brought food. I have a feeling this is going to be a long journey................