Friday, December 17, 2010

The Canvey Island Monster

The Canvey Island Monster is the name given to an unusual creature whose carcass washed up on the shores of Canvey Island, England, in November, 1954. Another larger specimen was found in 1955 in the same area.

The 1954 specimen was described as being 2.4ft long with thick reddish brown skin, bulging eyes and gills. It was also described as having hind legs with five-toed horseshoe-shaped feet with concave arches - which appeared to be suited for bipedal locomotion - but no forelimbs. The second was similar but larger, at about 3.9ft and weighed about 25lbs. This one was fresh enough for the eyes, teeth and nostrils to be studied but no identification was made for either creature. The 1954 specimen was creamated after a zoologist made a cursury investigation and determined it not a threat to the public.

Fortean journalist Nicholas Warren carried out an investigation into the 1954-55 sightings in 1999. Unable to find any official determination of what the creatures were, he did find out that local fishermen thought they might be angler fish. The pronounced fins on an angler fish might be misidentified as legs. (angler fish picture below)

I for one think it might not have been an angler, if only for the fact that the locals, the same ones that claimed itmight be years later, never brought that up when the creatures were first discovered. Therefore, in my opinion, this case is still open to debate.

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