Posted by: Loren Coleman on July 30th, 2010
The Marine Conservation Society has issued the following statements regarding the above photograph:
Gill Pearce spotted the creature about 20 metres from the bay at Saltern Cove, near Goodrington. It was observed at about 15.30 on 27 July  but by the time she had got her camera it had moved further out. She spotted it following a shoal of fish which beached themselves in Saltern Cove.
The creature remained in the sea, then went out again and followed the shoal – this indicates it’s not a turtle as they only eat jellyfish. We would love to know if other people have seen anything like this in the same area and can help clear up the mystery.
[Sperm whales] wouldn’t come that close inshore and the reptilian-like head counts that out – at least that’s what the experts are saying!
It was reported as a turtle as it had large front flippers and small back flippers and what appeared to be a shell but was also said to have a small head on a thin neck about two-feet long which craned above the surface like a Plesiosaur.
It’s described as being as long as a sea lion with a long neck which floated at the same height in the water all the time.
This is not a fake.
The problem is the distance and clarity from which the photos were taken.
The lady thought it may have been a turtle – but turtles don’t chase fish
It was reported as a turtle as it had large front flippers and small back flippers and what appeared to be a shell.
But it was also said to have a small head on a thin neck about two feet long, which craned above the surface like a Plesiosaur.
No sea turtles do that with their heads and we do not know of similarly described freshwater turtles that grow so big.
So at the moment it is ‘unidentified’ – the person who reported it has trawled the internet and says the closest ID fit is a giant green sea turtle – but the description of the head doesn’t add up.
Read more here.
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.