Posted by: Loren Coleman on October 13th, 2010
December 2, 1885
THE WILD MAN STILL VISIBLE.
Dancing and Screeching Before Plunging Into the Sea.
Rockaway Beach is still excited over the mysterious wild man of the sea and last night a company of New York men went down to the beach to see the strange creature. They saw the figure and declare that his body is covered with auburn hair as long as a horse’s mane. John B. Ennis declared this morning that at eight o’clock last night he met the wild man near the Atlantic Park. Ennis came upon the dweller in the sea suddenly. He was dancing like one deranged, until, catching sight of Ennis, he gave a peculiar screech and darted into the sea. Ennis lost sight of the figure after the first wave broke over it, and walked the beach for half an hour, pistol in hand, hoping to see the suspicious person emerge from the water.
Every man on the beach goes armed, and the women and children do not venture out alone, day or night. There is a pretty general inclination to shoot the hairy being, as a means of ascertaining whether it is natural or supernatural, but no one will run the risk of being prosecuted if it should turn out that the wild man is only an insane creature.
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.