Cape Breton Lobster Fisherman Follows 'Sea Monster'
( The photos below may shock you )
10 years ago, about this time, there's was a fish story making the rounds here.
Lobster fisherman Wallace Cartwright of Alder Point, Cape Breton County,
claims he saw a "sea monster" recently and the Nova Scotia Museum of
Natural History believes him.
"We had just hauled into the cove south of the light (house) in Point
Aconi, in the direction of my traps," Mr. Cartwright said Tuesday.
"Then I thought I saw a big log in the water. I turned to my buddy and
said, 'Geez, that would be a dandy thing to run into.' It was a pretty
"Then I saw a head on it, like a sea turtle, and it came about a foot up
out of the water."
He said the creature's snake-like body was about eight metres long,
smooth and brownish. When it saw the boat approaching, it quickly
submerged, surfacing again two minutes later about 60 metres away.
At first Mr. Cartwright was wary of getting close to the creature.
"God knows, that thing might have been able to jump out of the water,
and I'm sure it could have swallowed you whole, I'm sure," he said.
Before resuming fishing, though, they followed the creature for about 45
minutes as it submerged and surfaced five or six times, headed for
"I've been a lobster fisherman for 30 years, and I know what a bunch of
seals or eels on the surface look like. This was one distinct animal,"
said Mr. Cartwright. "One I've never seen before."
The curator of zoology at the Museum of Natural History in Halifax
thinks Mr. Cartwright's sea serpent was actually something else (see below), which is
found in cold, deep waters north of Great Britain.
"There aren't too many eight-metre-long fish in the world, it could only
be one of a few known things. That's if it's a known species at all,"
said Andrew Hebda.
"We have some specimens here at the museum taken from waters off
Labrador and the Scotian Shelf, and we have no idea what they are."
Mr. Cartwright's helper, who didn't want to be named, tells of a similar
sighting near Alder Point some 60 years ago. Mr. Hebda said there have
been over 31 sightings of "sea monsters" in or off Nova Scotia over the
last 140 years. Usually described as multi-humped serpents, most are
basking sharks, he said.
"There have been reports from Lake Ainslie, and Aspy Bay. Cranberry Lake
has some monsters in it too," he said. "There have also been recent
sightings of strange creatures off Antigonish and P.E.I."
Click the three photo links below, starting on the left.