Posted by: Loren Coleman on November 13th, 2008
Hawera & Normanby Star, New Zealand
June 18, 1896
(PER PRESS ASSOCIATION.) WELLINGTON, June 17. C. Tregurtha, keeper of the Brothers’ lighthouse, reports having on May 29 seen some strange marine monsters. They were about three miles off. At first it was thought they were whales, but he could not see any spouting though there was plenty of splashing. Three of them rose 15 to 20 feet out of the water, remaining in the position half a minute. Afterwards a fourth appeared. Their heads were snakelike, the neck much smaller than the head and of a greyish white color. Another monster, like an enormous snake, with two fins behind its head, was also seen both by Tregurcha and another man named Butler.
Thanks to Jerome Clark.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.