Sea Serpent Off Boston

Posted by: Loren Coleman on February 24th, 2011

Lowell Sun
Lowell, Massachusetts

May 25, 1931



BOSTON, May 25 (AP) – Captain Roy Marden of the Gloucester fishing schooner
Catherine Burke reported today that he sighted a sea serpent 20 miles east
of Boston lightship on May 18 as his vessel moved out to Georges Banks.

The monster was described by Captain Marden as about 50 feet in length, with
a head resembling that of a horse, a black smooth body and a tail like that
of a shark. It moved at a speed of about seven miles an hour, he said.

Thanks to Jerome Clark.

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.

6 Responses to “Sea Serpent Off Boston”

  1. springheeledjack responds:

    Who knows? This would fall under Heuvelmanns’ idea that there are several species of sea serpents, some like the long necked seal, and others which are more serpentine.

    And while the 50 foot long description seems big, as we all know, there are definitely things in the ocean reaching and surpassing that benchmark. Without knowing anything about the physiology of said animal, who knows what an average size might be?

  2. Mibs responds:

    Sounds like a sun fish.

  3. Richard888 responds:

    I look forward to the latest Caddie video said to be released this April…

  4. wuffing responds:

    Mibs responds: Sounds like a sun fish.

    All the sun fish I’ve seen were circular with no tail.

    I’ll suggest oar fish as a good fit with the description.

  5. lukedog responds:

    Accounts of serpents with heads described as similar to that of a horse are not uncommon, however in all likeliness, and recent education from this site it was probably no more than a whales penis.

  6. IndyGuy99 responds:

    The description and drawing does sound a little bit like an oarfish. But if not, then I’m going with a mammal like Heuvelman’s unknown seal. It also sounds and looks very similar to Cadborosaurus and mainly the carcass. Perhaps there is a global species of undiscovered serpentine bodies and horse headed seals!

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