Florida’s Sea Monster…

florida–It has a large, somewhat mammalian head, clawed fins, and a trident-like tail…so they say of Florida’s sea monster, with sightings dating back to the 1800’s.  There’s apparently more than one of these puppies, and they have the potential to move quickly with a lot of power.  Hours of video footage exist by a guy named Sowerwine showing bits and pieces of the creature.

MonsterQuest went to an ocean-fed coastal lake in Florida to investigate such legends of a sea monster with a forked tail, but the lake was full of sediment, and the divers couldn’t see diddly.  They did, however, have an intriguing sonar hit of something about 14 feet long moving quickly, although murky water conditions made it impossible to find the sucker.

One expert feels that the creature is a manatee, although the snout of the beast is skinnier and its eye and head structure appear different.  Others feel that the animal is a seal of some kind following the Gulf Stream, possibly a Hooded seal or a Caribbean Monk seal, thought to be extinct.  Then it may be a hybrid creature, part-manatee and part seal…

…at any rate, there’s something as yet undiscovered in Florida waters!

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7 Comments on “Florida’s Sea Monster…”

  1. carycomic Says:

    To paraphrase that one expert, in last night’s episode: manatees would have a better chance to successfully cross-breed with elephants! As the latter are the closest genetic relatives of the former in the Western Hemisphere.

    However, if it is a bunch of seals, co-existing with some boat-injured manatees, the question remains: what kinds of seals are they?

    Veteran Loch Ness investigator Roy Mackal once hypothesized that Arkansas’ so-called “White River Monster” was simply a bull elephant seal that had strayed up the Mississippi River from the Gulf of Mexico. But, sea elephants are strictly Pacific Ocean dwellers! And, twice, in a thirty year period, one just happened to round Cape Horn and swim northward up the East Coast of South America?

    With all due respect, Dr. M? Uh-uh!

    I’m with the other expert, on last night’s episode, who hypothesized stray hooded seals as candidates for the “Beasts of Lake Bosserwine” (my own term of convenience). They’re slightly smaller Atlantic relatives of the sea elephant. And, it’s just as likely that “Whitey” was a stray hooded seal trying to swim back north, via the Mississippi, circa 1932 and 1962, respectively.

    The only thing that still mentally bugs me is that trident-shaped tail. If more than one of these Floridian lake creatures has such a tail, then it can’t be a random injury from a passing motor boat!

    On the other hand, the manatee has another relative that does live in the ocean; the Indo-Pacific dugong. Its tail is more dolphin-like compared to the manatee’s flat, roughly crescent-shaped one. And, specimens of the former have been sighted as far west as the Persian Gulf and the East African coast (ranging from Tanzania to Egypt).

    So, here’s what I’m wondering: could the current hostilities in Iraq and Somalia have driven some dugongs into the Atlantic via the Suez Canal and the Mediterrnaean Sea? Only time–and further research–may tell.

    • firefox b Says:

      The Florida sea monster probably is some kinda Disney World animatronic attraction gone terribly wrong…

  2. carycomic Says:

    Or, more likely, it’s the offspring of a walrus and a hippo that escaped from a circus on winter-break.

  3. Hanna Castro Says:

    its a seal manatee crossbreed and i know it.


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