A mysterious marine animal, which was captured on video moving through chilly Alaskan waters, could be a Cadborosaurus, say scientists.
The large creature, 20 to 30 feet long with humps on its back, got its name from Cadboro Bay in British Columbia and is said to roam the North Pacific.
Paul LeBlond, former head of the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of British Columbia, told Discovery News: “I am quite impressed with the video. Though it was shot under rainy circumstances in a bouncy ship, it’s very genuine.”
The Cadborosaurus willsi, meaning “reptile” or “lizard” from Cadboro Bay, is thought to have a long neck, a horse-like head, large eyes, and back bumps that stick out of the water. Sightings have been reported for years.
In 1937, a supposed body of the animal was found in the stomach of a whale captured by the Naden Harbor whaling station in the Queen Charlotte Islands, a British Columbia archipelago. Samples of the animal were brought to the Provincial Museum in Victoria, where curator Francis Kermode concluded they belonged to a fetal baleen whale. The animal’s remains, however, later disappeared.
Like other cryptids, animals whose existence is suggested but not yet recognized by scientific consensus, the Cadborosaurus has existed only in grainy photographs and eyewitness accounts.
Source: Discovery Online