Have You Seen The Cape May Sea Serpent?

Posted by: Loren Coleman on March 23rd, 2010

On April 20, 1855, the New York Times reported that a “dispatch [dated April 19] received [in Philadelphia] from Cape May says that a Sea Serpent, one hundred feet long, was seen there yesterday. An expedition has gone in pursuit of him. A reward of one thousand dollars has been offered for his capture.”

The article also noted that “this same Sea Serpent has appeared previously in that vicinity, and about this season of the year.”

How often has the Cape May Sea Serpent really been seen? Have you seen it or them?

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
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.

3 Responses to “Have You Seen The Cape May Sea Serpent?”

  1. Labyrinth_13 responds:

    I went to Coast Guard boot camp in Cape May, New Jersey back in 1979. I was a bit too busy being run into the ground and yelled at then to do much looking for the beast, but could have (and still could) use $1000.00!

  2. watn6789 responds:

    Finback whales are seen off of Cape May… I also saved the life of an abnormally large sea turtle 7ft class just off of the cape may jetties once

  3. motherleeds responds:

    See the letter in the July/August 2011 issue of Phactum on pages 5 and 6 by Don Nigroni (http://www.phact.org/data/phactums/Phactum%202011-07.pdf) for an even earlier report of the Cape May Sea Serpent. This item appeared in The Inquirer and National Gazette, a Philadelphia paper, on December 20, 1844 and said that “Several pilots who approached within a short distance of the monster describe it as 25 feet in length.” Cape May was formerly called Cape Island.

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