Posted by: Loren Coleman on December 13th, 2008
Massachusetts, known for its long history of out-of-place alligator sightings that track back to the Ware River encounters of the 1930s, earlier this week was involved with another “crazy croc” incident.
It’s no croc a man told police [on December 9, 2008] he saw a large crocodile swimming in Fiske Pond along Rte. 135.
Police did not find the animal, but state environmental police said they would send someone today to check for the large reptile.
Around 3:30 p.m., the man, whom police did not identify, called police. He said he said an eight-foot crocodile swimming in Fiske Pond about 10 feet from shore heading toward downtown Natick.
“The caller was very emphatic about what he saw,” said Natick Police spokesman Lt. Brian Grassey. “He gave a very detailed description.”
The man left before police got there, but did give his cell phone and name.
Police searched the pond from shore, but found nothing. After about a half-hour “the croc command” was ended, Grassey said.
According to the environmental police, if there really was a crocodile, it would be lethargic due to the chilly temperatures.
This is not the first time a large, toothy reptile has been seen in a MetroWest body of water this year.
In July , several people said they saw a small alligator in Framingham’s Lake Waushakum. Police never found the animal.“Croc on the lam in Natick,” by Norman Miller/Daily News, December 10, 2008.
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.