Posted by: Loren Coleman on October 21st, 2005
The Search Continues for Cassie and her friends
The coast seems a little bit lonelier these days. Cassie, the name I coined long ago to characterize these cryptids seen near Portland, Maine, was bestowed in the same tradition that all of these watery creature monikers are given – with location, location, and fun in mind. But it’s been a few years since anyone has seen Cassie, the Casco Bay Sea Serpent. As it turns out, of course, Portland is not alone in missing its New England Sea Serpents.
"All Things Maine" blogger Christopher Dunham gives a historically good overview of "The Sea Serpents of Mount Desert Island" today, Friday, October 21, 2005.
Chris reprints the texts of old newspaper articles detailing sightings off Mount Desert Island from 1793, 1819, 1827, and 1836. Are they just gone and not forgotten, or are they still around? The search does continue, and there have been recent sightings. People are out there looking. I certainly appreciate "All Things Maine" recommending my and Patrick Huyghe’s field guide on the subject as a good book to have along on your Sea Serpent search.
Chris’ blog also mentions the upcoming Bates Cryptozoology Symposium on June 28-29, which will be attended by The Great New England Sea Serpent (Paraview, 2003) author June O’Neill, who will be on a panel Saturday. Also coming to the event is my field guide coauthor Patrick Huyghe (who is an editor of the popular Anomalist website). Bring along your books for multiple autographs!
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.