Sun, Sand, and Sea Serpents

Sun, Sand, and Sea Serpents

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Overview

Sea Serpent Territory

Ever since Columbus spotted mermaids, sea monsters, and mystery lizards in the New World, sightings of a diverse array of marine cryptids have continued unabated in the waters of Florida, the Southeastern coast, and the Caribbean. Dinosaurs, mermaids, and sea serpents in a range of colors and lengths, along with monster sharks, mystery seals, and giant penguins, all seem to have made the tourist-friendly waters of the region their home. In Florida, it became a running joke that the tourist season officially started when the first sea serpent report appeared in the newspapers.

What's behind all the reports? Hoaxes? Some certainly are. Yellow journalism? Yes, sometimes. Misidentifications? It's pretty common. A way to drum up business? Shocking, but true. But in that mix, there may well be some unidentified animals as well. David Goudsward digs up the original sources and interviews to sort fact from fiction, and tells some fascinating stories along the way.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781949501117
Publisher: Anomalist Books
Publication date: 03/07/2020
Pages: 298
Sales rank: 463,337
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

DAVID GOUDSWARD is a historian, editor, and author, having written or co-written more than a dozen books on topics ranging from H. P. Lovecraft's travels to ancient stone ruins in New England. He is the author of numerous articles on local history topics and a frequent lecturer on historical topics and the craft of writing. He lives in Lake Worth, Florida.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Loren Coleman

Introduction

Chapter 1 - Living Fossils

Chapter 2 - Sea Monster Fatalities

Chapter 3 – Sea Monsters of the Gulf

Chapter 4 - Caribbean Cryptids

Chapter 5 - Krakens of the Caribbean

Chapter 6 - The St. Augustine Giant Octopus

Chapter 7 - Atlantic Encounters

Chapter 8 - Swamp Serpents of the Treasure Coast

Chapter 9 - Lake Monsters

Chapter 10 - River Monsters

Chapter 11 - St. Johns Menagerie

Chapter 12 - Mystery Seals

Chapter 13 - The Legend of Three-Toes

Chapter 14 - Early Encounters

Chapter 15 - Folklore and Fakelore

Chapter 16 - Mermaids, Mermen, and Manatees

Epilogue

Acknowledgments

Bibliography

Index

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