Northern California Sea Serpent

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on September 9th, 2006

30 years ago, artist Tom D’onofrio had a sighting of a strange creature in the waves off the Northern California coast.

KGO-TV, the local news affiliate for the Bay Area, ran a story on the 30th anniversary event organized by Mr. D’onorfrio. The station’s website has the story in its entirety, along with the video clip of the newscast.

Tom D’onofrio, artist: "It was a big glassy wave and right in the wall of that wave was a dark object big like 40, 50 feet long. And I looked at him and he looked at me and my eyes must of been like that I mean it was like nothing I’ve ever seen.

Bolinas Sea Serpent

Tom D’onofrio: "It was thick and it was wide and it had lots of body to it but it wasn’t a whale – that’s what I first thought but it wasn’t a whale because it was kind of doing like this. And it disappeared and I said what in the world is that?"

Bolinas Sea Serpent

Since that spiritual moment, as he calls it, the rolling, undulating form he saw in that surf appears in most everything he does. Now, Tom’s insistent serpent appears on the bow of a boat decorated just for this celebration.

Tom D’onofrio: "I was in the presence of something I couldn’t cope with, so I went back got on my horse, went back to the studio filled with this energy, this came to me to get this piece finished. I am going to loose this energy man, and I am going to finish this piece and I carved for 4 days I never came out except to eat."

About Craig Woolheater
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad, Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.

5 Responses to “Northern California Sea Serpent”

  1. crypto_randz responds:

    From reading the article, I think he saw the classic sea serpent. What makes me believe in what he saw is the rolling motion that accompanies sea serpents. So maybe sea serpents could be evolved from water snakes, also the undulating movement is truly remarkable to see from these animals.

  2. shumway10973 responds:

    He sure does beautiful work. By undulating are we talking the whole body in a “vertical” stance kinda doing an accordian in and out motion? Just wanting to make sure I’m on the same page as everyone else. Considering that no more than 10 years ago they “discovered” (and quite possibly it was a complete unknown) a large, upwards of 6ft., red jelly fish off the coast of Monterey, anything is possible. The thing I loved about the jelly fish is that within that creature they discovered about 100 other smaller creatures living in a mini ecosystem.

  3. twblack responds:

    Yes I agree I think he saw a sea serpent.

  4. cor2879 responds:

    Perhaps he saw Cadborosaurus

  5. CryptoInformant responds:

    Not Caddie, it is probably a whale. This thing is probably one of those pesky marine reptiles that didn’t get the KT Memo.

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