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A category of Sea Monster

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identified by Gary 
Mangiacopra.

Physical description: Length, 70–100 feet. Diameter, 
9–15 feet. Smooth skin, with occasional 
scales or warts. Dull green to dark brown in 
color. Yellow, shading to lighter, on the underside. 
Froglike or alligator-shaped head, 15 feet 
long. Large green or red eyes. Jaw, 5 feet long, 
with 6-inch-long teeth. Round neck. One pair 
of frontal flippers. Large fin standing straight up 
on the back.

Behavior: Swims rapidly by vertical undulations. 
Churns up the water. Possibly attracted to 
ships.

Distribution: Atlantic coast of the United 
States.

Significant sighting: Captain Delory of the 
sloop Mary Lane sighted a huge, alligator-like 
head sticking out of the water southwest of 
Point Judith, Rhode Island, on August 4, 1888. 
He estimated its length as 70 feet as it passed 
close by, its bright green scales glistening.

Present status: Mangiacopra identified five 
sightings from 1878 to 1888, then seems to 
have dropped this category.

Possible explanation: Some type of unknown 
whale.

 

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