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Before there was a Bigfoot or the Loch Ness, there were sea monsters, or "sea serpents" as they are sometimes called.
Throughout the last plus thosand years, witnesses have described seeing giant snakes, octopuses and sometimes giant squids. Back about the time America was being discovered, sea monsters were known as the "Great Unknown". We've seen many references to this, but have yet to see any source documents. We haven't really looked that hard yet, but it's on the list.
GIANT SQUIDS Search for the Giant Squid, The p. 2 "Architeuthis is the scientific name of the giant squid." The first half anyway, the second haf varies depending upon the species. p. 2 "The name Architeuthis can be broken down into its two components...": Archi (Greek: archae or archi) meaning "first" or "early", teuthis is the Greek word for squid. " ...so Architeuthis simply means 'first squid'. Since it was certainly not the earliest squid described, the name was probably meant to signify that it was firs in importance or size." p. 3 "Clyde Roper, a Smithsonian Institution teuthologist (squid specialist), ...said that nobody has ever seen a living giant squid. 'Then how do we know they exist?' was inevitably the interviewer's next question. 'They have been washing up on beaches around the world for the last four hundred years,' he would answer."
DEC-31-2011 1896-NOV-30 (Cryptozoology A to Z) p. 90 Anastasia Island, FL USA physician DeWitt Webb of the St. Augustine Historical Society and Institute of Science and Associates 23 three feet long 4 feet high 18 feet across at its widest point and weighed close to 5 tons one investigator, on a later trip, found fragments of an arm (1) one was 23 feet long (2) longest one measured over 32 feet (3) the other arms were 3 to 5 feet shorter It was from an octopus of unprecedented dimensions "Yale University zoologist A.E. Verrill and Webb corresponded about the discovery." "(octopuses are not believed to exceed 25 feet this creature's arm-length was 75 feet, Verrill estimated)"
The first real attempt at describing them as part of natural history was in a 1555 work by Olaus Magnus:
" ...He is best remembered as the author of the famous Historia de Gentibus Septentrionalibus (History of the Northern Peoples), printed in Rome 1555, a patriotic work of folklore and history which long remained for the rest of Europe the authority on Swedish matters. This text on dark winters, violent currents and beasts of the sea rightly amazed the rest of Europe, who didn't know Sweden had sea monsters... "
1995: DEC-31 [SUN] > UNX > Sea Monsters > Giant Squids > Chatham Islands, Pacific Ocean
600 miles east of New Zealand
in the Pacific Ocean
26 foot long squid netted.
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Cryptozoology A to Z
Copyright © 1999 by Loren Coleman and Jerome Clark
Encyclopedia of Strange and Unexplained Physical Phenomena
Copyright © 1993 by Gale Research Inc.
Mysteries of the Unexplained, Reader's Digest
Copyright © 1982 Reader's Digest Association
Search for the Giant Squid, The
Copyright © Richard Ellis, 1998
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