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Deharo Sea Serpent

Posted by: Loren Coleman on January 26th, 2009

Helena Independent, Helena, Montana

September 24, 1880

Strange Sea Serpent.

San Francisco, September 22. – A Victoria dispatch says: A genuine sea serpent six feet in length with an orthodox mane, head shaped like a panther and the tail whittled down to a sharp point, was brought in by the Indians who caught it in deep water in the Straits of Deharo.

Its appearance creates intense interest amongst the savants and old fishermen who can not place the monster. The serpent has been photographed and the body will be preserved in spirits and sent to Ottawa for classification.

What do you think ever happened to the photo of this catch? What a great research project for a British Columbian researcher.

Thanks to Jerome Clark for this archival report.

About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. 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.


9 Responses to “Deharo Sea Serpent”

  1. Richard888 responds:

    All I can say is that a photograph in the dusty attic of some greedy collector is better than no photograph. At least it has a chance of turning up on eBay. I can guess the names of the top bidders.

  2. Ceroill responds:

    I’m curious as to just what an ‘orthodox mane’ looks like. Does that mean one like a male African lion? I just find the turn of phrase intriguing.

  3. Samson77 responds:

    Sounds like an oarfish

  4. Woodford responds:

    I agree with the oarfish proposal.

  5. Dj Plasmic Nebula responds:

    well do you know who has it?

  6. F15Pilot responds:

    I live in Sidney, BC, located about 5 kms from a body of water called “Haro Strait”. Back in 1880 it was referred as the Straits of Deharo. Haro Strait, as we know it today, was named in 1790 by Manuel Quimper, commander of the Princesa Real, in honor of his pilot, Gonzalo López de Haro. I suspect that the creature that was found may have been a young “Cadborosaurus”, a sea serpent type animal that has been observed and recorded in the waters around here many, many times in the last 100 years. Some people even claim to have seen it coming ashore in Saanich Inlet, presumably to bear it’s young. In 1968 or so, a man on a day sail found a very young “Caddy” in distress on the surface and netted it. He described it as being about 2 feet long with a horse’s mane. The famous 1938 Naden Harbour photos of a Caddy carcass found in a whales stomach are intriguing as well. I guess this archival report just adds to the story.

  7. cryptidsrus responds:

    Hopefully, with some diligent research, that photograph might be found. Looking forward to it.
    I tend to agree with what F15Pilot says. Could be a Caddy.

  8. apithacus responds:

    Just google caddy or cadborosaurus.

    I found one.

    Maybe this is it.

  9. HOOSIERHUNTER responds:

    When I first read the description I thought oarfish, too.



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