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ISBN 0710089317     

SEA SERPENTS, SAILORS & SCEPTICS

by Graham J. McEwan

1st. 1978 Published by Routledge & Kegan Paul

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Sea Serpents, Sailors and Sceptics

Stories of the sightings of large, unauthenticated sea creatures have fascinated both sailors and land lubbers from antiquity to the present day. Yet, though there is an enormous literature on the Loch Ness Monster, comparatively little has been written about these creatures. Indeed, many people remain quite unaware of the hundreds of sightings over the years.

This concise survey reviews all that is known on the subject. It shows how recently the identity of some large sea creatures, such as the giant squid, has been established; it details some of the explanations of sea serpents as known creatures or phenomena; summarises sea serpent reports over the past two hundred years; offers a classification of the sea serpents, suggesting the groups of creatures they are related to; and describes the various strandings of enigmatic carcasses over the years, showing which can be easily explained and which cannot.

In the final chapter, the author gives a vivid account of such events as the discovery of a giant squid and the alleged capture of a mermaid, events which strongly suggest that the sea still has many surprises for us. A chronological list of sightings, giving dates, locations and names of witnesses, completes the book.

The Author

Graham McEwan was born in Wallasey, Wirral, in 1956. Leaving school at sixteen, he has worked as a civil servant, dental technician, local government officer and assistant cinema manager. He has had a life-long interest in natural history, evolution and palaeontology. His research for this book has included contacting eye-witnesses and following up the events surrounding recent sightings.