Field Guide to Lake Monsters, Sea Serpents, and Other Mystery Denizensof the Deep

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From the serpentine "Champie" of Lake Champlain to the venerable "Nessie" of Loch Ness, extraordinary-and un-explained-creatures of the deep have been reported in sightings throughout the twentieth century. Now, two of the world's leading cryptozoological investigators provide a globetrotting field guide to when, where, and what kind of mysterious aquatic beasts have gripped the public-and sometimes the scientific-imagination. Filled with comprehensive drawings, classifications, and maps, their book offers an ...

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Overview

From the serpentine "Champie" of Lake Champlain to the venerable "Nessie" of Loch Ness, extraordinary-and un-explained-creatures of the deep have been reported in sightings throughout the twentieth century. Now, two of the world's leading cryptozoological investigators provide a globetrotting field guide to when, where, and what kind of mysterious aquatic beasts have gripped the public-and sometimes the scientific-imagination. Filled with comprehensive drawings, classifications, and maps, their book offers an invaluable and unusual resource for the intrepidly curious to investigate these sightings firsthand or to simply enjoy the fascinating accounts that others have given.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585422524
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/27/2003
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 704,050
  • Product dimensions: 5.55 (w) x 8.21 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

The author of the cult classic Mysterious America, Loren Coleman has been both on- and off-camera consultant to NBC's Unsolved Mysteries, A & E's Ancient Mysteries, The History Channel's In Search of History, Discovery Channel's In the Unknown, and In Search Of... to appear on the on Fox and the USA Network.

Patrick Huyghe has been contributing editor to Science Digest and Omni. He is the author of numerous books and has produced public television documentaries.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
The Unknown Unknown 3
The Once Unknown 5
Bloop and Other Sound Evidence 15
The Nessie Story 18
Identity Crisis 22
Monstrous Caveats 26
Sea Serpents Classified 31
Lake Monster Recognition and Classification 36
A New Classification System 40
Type Descriptions
Classic Sea Serpent 49
Waterhorse 72
Mystery Cetacean 124
Giant Shark 136
Mystery Manta 147
Great Sea Centipede 152
Mystery Saurian 161
Cryptid Chelonian 169
Mystery Sirenian 184
Giant Beaver 192
Mystery Monitor 202
Dinosauria 212
Mystery Salamander 231
Giant Octopus 238
Afterword
Lake Monster Survey 251
Monster Latitudes 267
Dracontology 271
The Ridicule Factor 273
Carcasses and Globsters 276
Best Bets 287
Top Eight Places to Look for a Sea Serpent 289
Top Twelve Places to Look for a Lake Monster 291
If You Should See One ... 297
Acknowlegments 301
A Note on Style 303
Appendix Geographical List of Lake and River Monsters Worldwide 305
Bibliography 341
Index 351
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2008

    A lack of evidence is not proof of existence

    Depending on what you mean by sea monsters Coleman and Huyghe's Field Guide to Lake Monsters, Sea Serpents, and Other Mystery Denizens of the Deep is an adequate introduction into the realm of mysteries of the deep. Starting with the history of these beasts carrying on to modern times introducing the reader with monsters such as sea centipede's, marine crocodiles, giant sharks, sea turtles, octopi, giant beavers, monitors, dinosaurs, and salamanders. Certainly the Jurassic seas were filled with all kinds of marine reptiles that if they were alive today would fit the description of a sea serpent. However, these creatures seemed to have disappeared about the same time the dinosaurs met their end roughly 65 million years ago. More recently the zeuglodon, a primitive form of whale, might easily be mistaken for a sea serpent if it had been alive today, though it is a mammal, not a reptile. In the 19th century an unscrupulous promoter actually cobbled together several zeuglodon skeletons and exhibited them as an extinct sea serpent. Zeuglodons are found in the fossil record as recently 37 million years ago. Can we find more recent fossil evidence for sea serpent-type creatures? It will be hard. The best place to find ancient sea creature fossils are in ancient sea beds. The geology of the planet changes so slowly that most of the more recent sea beds, where we would expect to find evidence for any sea serpent-like creature that has developed over the last few million years, are still at the bottom of the oceans and inaccessible to us. A lack of evidence is not proof of existence, of course, so what we have in Monsters Sea Serpents Other myst Denizens Deepare is simply tantalizing stories. Suggestive and intriguing, but until somebody comes up with a well-preserved body, there is no proof.

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    Posted August 18, 2013

    Fanstice

    Omg i cant belive how good this book is

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    Posted January 30, 2013

    Piss

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2012

    Good book

    One of loren colemAms best books

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