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.
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.