Bay Area Beasts: Pterodactyls, Mystery Cats, and Sea Serpents
|From Charles Gould's Mythical Monsters, via archive.org|
California's geography lends itself easily to sea serpent sightings, and there have been several. On June 4, 1876, The Chronicle reported that a "responsible gentleman" not only spotted one off the deck of a boat near Monterey, but watched it fight a whale (Which -- awesome!):
Nine years later, serpents appear again in Northern California waters. The Chronicle reported on March 28, 1885 that "...the existence of the great sea serpent is no longer in doubt."
On March 11, 1892 The Chronicle reported that a beast so ugly is could "scare a delirium tremens patient into an insane asylum" named "The Manfish," had been captured in Oakland waters. A Berkeley scientist proclaimed it to be a previously known species, but the paper sniffed that, whatever ever the case, the thing was still "queer."