Posted by: Loren Coleman on September 16th, 2011
The Naden Harbor (British Columbia) “Cadborosaurus” carcass, retrieved from the stomach of a sperm whale and photographed in October, 1937. The specimen has since been lost.
Cadborosaurus willsi, nicknamed Caddy, is an alleged sea serpent reported to be living on the Pacific Coast of North America. Its name is derived from Cadboro Bay in Victoria, British Columbia, and the Greek root word “saurus” meaning lizard or reptile. Reports describe it as being similar in form and behavior to various popularly named lake monsters such as Ogopogo of Okanagan Lake in British Columbia, Cassie of the Casco Bay of the Gulf of Maine, the Gloucester Sea Serpent off Boston and Cape Ann, Massachusetts, and Chessie of Chesapeake Bay, Virginia-Maryland. (BTW, I think Caddy and the other Sea Serpents in this list are mammals, not reptiles.)
There have been more than 300 claimed sightings of Caddy during the past 200 years, including Deep Cove in Saanich Inlet, and Island View Beach, both like Cadboro Bay also on the Saanich Peninsula, also British Columbia, and also at San Francisco Bay, California.
In 2009, artist Lee Murphy created for the International Cryptozoology Museum, a full-scale model of the Naden Harbor carcass.
Due to the specific size of the model, the museum has been unable to fully display it. That is all going to change with the move to our new larger space in 45 days.
Therefore, we are researching what exactly the carcass is sitting on, so as to obtain wooden crates of the same size and configuration. Any information anyone has on these crates would be appreciated.
What is the body of this dead sea serpent resting on, anyway?
Director of Docents Jeff Meuse shows the scale of the ICM’s Caddy carcass replica.
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.