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[Fwd: Re: Cadborosaurus willsi]

Ben S. Roesch asked me to forward the following, which he accidentally
sent to me and not to the list:
> >
> >And one more note which may or may not interest anyone, and I apologize
> >if it doesn't.
> ditto, i'll make this short
> >
> >I don't have none o' that, but I own one and have read another book on
> >these beasties.  The one I have is IN SEARCH OF LAKE MONSTERS, Peter
> >Costello, 1975.  The one I've read but don't have (and would give a lot
> >to change that) is Bernard Heuvelmans' book IN THE WAKE OF THE
> >SEA-SERPENTS.  Heuvelmans looked at several reports of stranded
> >carcases, and decided that all of them could be explained as badly
> >decomposed sharks, almost certainly a basking shark or something closely
> >related.
> I'm working on an article right now surveying all the "sea monster"
> carcasses that have washed up on beaches etc. and which I'm aware of, and
> I can safely say that nearly at least 90% are easily explainable as a
> known sea creatures. Some accounts are too vague or confusing to make any
> conclusions, but I'd certainly go for a known creature identity then some
> wild monster identity. I consider myself a cryptozoologist (a term many of
> you cringe at I know!), but it saddens to see how much crap or just
> ignorant stuff is published in the field even when the mundane answer is
> sitting right in front of their faces(also, facts are often off, or our
> dated,which is just as worse).
> >Between them, Heuvelmans and Costello examined dozens of reports form
> >all around the world, both marine and freshwater, and arrived at
> >basically the same conclusion concerning the long-neck animals that are
> >often alleged to be plesiosaurs.  It's not a plesiosaur or any other
> >reptile; it's a mammal, probably a long-necked seal or sea-lion, so
> >specialized for a purely marine existence that it spends most of its
> >life in the water and even gives birth there, something no known seal or
> >sea-lion does.
> I'm skeptical of Heuvelman's long necked seal, simply because it defies
> everything known about pinnipeds. In some ways, a creature more like the
> hypothetical Cadborosaurus, which is so strange, is more likely.
> >Brobdignagian marine crocodile, up to twice as large as the modern
> >saltwater croc.
> Since Heuvelmans listed only 4 sightings of this, I tend to delete this
> hypothetical creature, and lump its sightings into hoaxes or into another
> hypothetical creature with more sightings. Heuvelmans was no lumper that's
> for sure!
> BTW, to end off this terribly long and off-topic post, In the Wake of the
> Sea Serpents actually isn't that hard to find. I sent a request to a out
> of print book search company and was able to snare a hardback, first
> edition, for $25 US!just do that.
> ciao!
> ben....
> promising to deliver at least one dinosaur-related post a year