That’s No South Carolina Sea Monster!

Posted by: Loren Coleman on March 26th, 2012

Residents of South Carolina recently found something strange (pictured above) on the shores of Folly Beach. Folly Beach is a city of about 2000 people, located on historic Folly Island, in Charleston County, South Carolina, United States.

The people viewing the beached beast thought it might be a “Sea Monster.”

The stranded creature was large, scaly, and, well, looked monstrous.

But a local vet quickly identified it. It was an Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus).

End of mystery.

I do not feel we need to go so far as to call this Folly Beach’s Folly, now do we?

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
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.

8 Responses to “That’s No South Carolina Sea Monster!”

  1. Desert Dave responds:

    Still looks like a sea monster to me…

  2. AreWeThereYeti responds:

    May I suggest, “Folly Beach Flotsam”?

  3. Cryptoraptor responds:

    Did you really have to post your “fait accompli” before “Destination Truth”, etc… had a chance to have their episode/version broadcast? 😉

  4. rtberry85 responds:

    grew up on this beach and we get all kinds non native type sea animals we had small whale a couple years ago and a 22 ft great white 4 years ago man made changes to our water channels

  5. DWA responds:

    I’m seeing estimates of 15 feet and 800 pounds in associated stories. If they get bigger than that…well, not much.

  6. Mibs responds:

    I had the opportunity to see a dying one in the Delta in Northern California and it really does look like a sea serpent from certain angles.

  7. denverkev responds:

    I grew up on the Gulf Coast. Unless I am mistaken, we are looking at the belly view of a Gulf Coast or maybe an Atlantic sturgeon, but a sturgeon for sure. I have seen one that measured 12’8″, so the length is in line. The size is probably due to bloat. If you have never seen one, the first time you do, especially when swimming, you are struck by the unique and prehistoric appearance.

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