Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Cadborosaurus: North America's Loch Ness Monster

Alleged Cadborosaurus carcass
In the northern waters of the Pacific, on the western coast of North America, there have been sightings of a creature that is similar to the Loch Ness Monster for more than a thousand years. This creature has reportedly been sighted off of the coast of Canada frequently and has even been reported in Alaskan waters and as far south as Monterey Bay in California. This creature is known as the Cadborosaurus and it is presumably a sea serpent. The only evidence of the existence of the Cadborosaurus are reported sightings, so the creatures very existence is a mystery. However, like many other sea serpent sightings in other parts of the globe and throughout history, it is hard to ignore due to the number of these sightings.

The Cadborosaurus is known by several monikers in many different places. Its other names include, Caddy, Pal-Rai-Yuk, Klematosaurus, Sarah the Sea Hag, Saya-Ustih, Hiyitlik, Tzarta-saurus, Sisiutl, Penda, Amy, Kaegyhil-Depgu’esk and Say Noth-Kai. Despite the many names that this creature is known by, descriptions of the animal by witnesses are very similar. Of course, there are subtle differences, but researchers believe that there may be subspecies of Cadborosaurus or that its appearance changes throughout its life.

The Cadborosaurus is described as roughly ten feet and more in length. It is said to have the slender, elongated body of a serpent. Its head is said to look like that of a camel (of all things). It does have fins, but the number of fins, location and description of the fins differ. Some people claim to have seen the animal feeding. The creature has been spotted hunting schools of fish and it has also been seen eating waterfowl, which it is said to have swallowed whole.

In 1937 a Cadborosaurus was said to have been found in the stomach of a whale near the Queen Charlotte Islands. Photos of the find were taken and samples were sent out to experts. One of the tissue samples was lost and the other was found to be from a fetal baleen whale. However, eyewitnesses say that there is no way that it could have been a fetal baleen whale and the pictures of the creature back up this claim. Of course, pictures are hardly scientific evidence. There are also people who claim to have caught Cadborosaurus specimens and have had to release them for one reason or another. Reported sightings and interactions with these animals are very numerous, but the fact remains that not one carcass, skeleton or live specimen has been found and identified as a sea serpent.

Throughout recorded maritime history stories of serpentine creatures being spotted in the ocean and in other deep waters have been fairly common. The sheer number of these supposed sea serpent sightings and the number of places that these sightings have occurred makes it hard to dismiss the existence of sea serpents easily. There is also the fact that the waters of the Earth are largely unexplored and we certainly haven’t been able to identify and classify every creature in their depths. So until we know for sure that we have identified everything in the Earth’s waters or we find a specimen and are able to study it thoroughly, the existence of these creatures will remain a mystery and people will continue to search for the elusive Cadborosaurus.


Cadborosaurus, retrieved 10/20/09, bc.scc.ca/cadborosaurus

The Cadbrosaurus Watch, retrieved 10/20/09, qsl.net/w5www/caddy.html+

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