Atlantic Ocean is teaming with many unusual and very frightening
creatures. For centuries sailors have spun tale of denizen from
the deep that would make even the bravest of anglers shudder in fear.
Giant serpents, colossal fish with razor sharp teeth, and behemoths
with tentacles that could crush the hull of a ship were believed to
lurk beneath the waves.
in many of these mythical creatures has been put to rest as our
knowledge of the ocean increase by leaps and bond. While most of these
monsters only survive in flights of fantasy, the truth concerning a
few has been brought to the surface. Oceanographers have discovered
many real monsters in our oceans. Though not as gargantuan as their fanciful
counter parts, it doesn't take much imagination to see how they may
have by been the inspiration of many a salty tale. Any uninformed man
would be lost for words after witnessing leviathans like the great
white shark, sting ray, or the recently captured giant
there are many creatures yet to be discovered that inhabit the oceans.
Every once in a while a weekend sailor or career fisherman stumbles on
a signs of what waits for us below.
June 27th 1996, Block Island residents were witness to something strange
from the waters along their shore. While trawling for monkfish, two fisherman aboard the Mad Monk discovered a 14-foot serpentine
skeleton in their nets. The beast consisted of a long spine with
no fins and a narrow skull with strange whiskers .
laid this odd creature out for display on the stone breakwater by the
ferry at Point Judith. For two days the carcass remain along the
shore. As it basked in the summer sun, the odor did not prevent it
from drawing people from all over to see the monster.
skeleton was eventually brought to the island and put it in a freezer.
The following day the creature was to be picked up and brought to
National Marine Fisheries Service in Narragansett to be examined. Unfortunately,
the skeleton was pilfered from the freezer by locals who were
concerned that it would never return to the island. The kidnappers
called several times and made certain demands concerning the remains.
When last heard from they planned to give the beast back to the historical
society October of that year. The kidnappers never did deliver and the
spiny carcass has never been seen again.
t-shirts that were sold by local vendors, and a local bar sold a
Blockness cocktail. Debate concerning the Blockness monster continued
on the island long after its disappearance. Some people believed it
was a sturgeon, others believe it was a manta ray or remains of a
basking shark. Until the creature resurfaces, we may never know what
it really was...
Next issue. <<
The Return of the Blockness Monster! **