The Great New England Sea Serpent: An Account of Unknown Creatures Sighted by Many Respectable Persons Between 1638 and the Present Day

The Great New England Sea Serpent: An Account of Unknown Creatures Sighted by Many Respectable Persons Between 1638 and the Present Day

by J. P. O'Neill

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Is it a strange mammal related to the seals, a descendant of a prehistoric reptile, or a new, unidentified animal? Whatever it is, or was, the witnesses call it a sea serpent. Remarkably similar descriptions of a creature with a long body, undulating motion, and horse-sized, snake-like head have left a trail of clues and controversy going back three centuries.

In ""The Great New England Sea Serpent,"" J.P. O'Neill draws on the historical record as well as previously unpublished first-hand accounts to chronicle more than 230 sightings of the mysterious marine creatures inhabiting the Gulf of Maine.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781944529550
Publisher: Cosimo
Publication date: 11/01/2003
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.75(d)

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The Great New England Sea Serpent: An Account of Unknown Creatures Sighted by Many Respectable Persons Between 1638 and the Present Day 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Crowyhead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A collection of eye-witness accounts of a sea serpent off the cost of New England, from the early 1800s until the present day. If you're interested in sea serpents and/or cryptozoology, you'll probably want to read this from cover to cover. Otherwise, you might just want to skim this one and dip in here or there. I really enjoyed it, but at times the various accounts became repetitive and blurred together a little, as many of the sightings were very similar. It was enough to make me really wonder what people were seeing -- the accounts are consistent and numerous enough to make me think that at least some of them weren't hoaxes, although of course there is the problem of material evidence. All of those sightings, and not a single dead sea serpent to be found. O'Neill is obviously fascinated by her topic, but she is also careful to point out discredited or particularly dubious accounts, and I actually learned quite a bit about creatures who are sometimes mistaken for sea serpents or sea monsters, like partially decayed basking sharks. Fun stuff.
Guest More than 1 year ago
J.P. O'Neill's work is not only fascinating from an historical perspective...it clearly establishes the author as force to be reckoned with.... After being captivated by this read...your vision of what lies below the sea will never be the same...You will gaze with awe, wonder and a wonderful feeling of.....'I hope its true!'.