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Florida’s Invisible Monster

Posted by: Loren Coleman on January 9th, 2011

My initial investigative conclusion in Florida is that local merchants know little, if nothing, about their significant historic event of 1896, when the “St. Augustine Giant Octopus” washed ashore.

While popular souvenir shops are full of trinkets, teeshirts, and trivial merchandise on pirates, mermaids, and the Spanish discovery and occupation of the area, besides the total absence of anything artistic or tourist-related on the 1896 Giant Octopus, the St. Augustine shop owners were totally unaware of the incident. Some people I interviewed even told me that I was making up the story.

Meanwhile, much is made of the city’s oldest tree, a 600-plus-years-old live oak, to be found in the middle of a Howard Johnson’s parking lot. The Old Senator, as it is called, has for 600 years stood as a testament to Ponce De Leon’s discovery of La Florida in 1513.

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.


3 Responses to “Florida’s Invisible Monster”

  1. Paul78 responds:

    I don’t find it surprising no one has heard of it, to the Florida community a giant blob washing up back in 1896 is not important and so forgotten. I don’t think everything can and should be turned into a tourist attraction.

  2. finfin responds:

    Too bad about the tree. Unless they installed some watering system, it will die with the majority of its roots covered with asphalt.

  3. springheeledjack responds:

    Unfortunately, I think that’s the case most of the time. For most people, even a Bigfoot sighting only stays in the public eye for a short amount of time. A few days pass, and whether people read about it or not, it’s not enough of a fascination to keep a lot of people interested…or talking about it over a hundred years after it happened.

    I live in a college town and if I mention the word cryptozoology, 90% of people (it’s probably higher, but you know…) don’t know what the word means or what I’m talking about. Unless you’re “into” this stuff, it seems to escape most people’s day to day worlds. Interesting isn’t it?



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