Field Guide to Lake Monsters, Sea Serpents, and Other Mystery Denizensof the Deep

Field Guide to Lake Monsters, Sea Serpents, and Other Mystery Denizensof the Deep


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From the serpentine "Champie" of Lake Champlain to the venerable "Nessie" of Loch Ness, extraordinary-and un-explained-creatures of the deep have been reported in sightings throughout the twentieth century. Now, two of the world's leading cryptozoological investigators provide a globetrotting field guide to when, where, and what kind of mysterious aquatic beasts have gripped the public-and sometimes the scientific-imagination. Filled with comprehensive drawings, classifications, and maps, their book offers an invaluable and unusual resource for the intrepidly curious to investigate these sightings firsthand or to simply enjoy the fascinating accounts that others have given.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781585422524
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/27/2003
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 389,781
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.22(h) x 0.93(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Loren Coleman is the writer of many science fiction novels including Into the Maelstrom, Bloodlines, and Blinding Force. A retired member of the U.S. Navy, Coleman lives in Washington with his family.

Table of Contents

The Unknown Unknown3
The Once Unknown5
Bloop and Other Sound Evidence15
The Nessie Story18
Identity Crisis22
Monstrous Caveats26
Sea Serpents Classified31
Lake Monster Recognition and Classification36
A New Classification System40
Type Descriptions
Classic Sea Serpent49
Mystery Cetacean124
Giant Shark136
Mystery Manta147
Great Sea Centipede152
Mystery Saurian161
Cryptid Chelonian169
Mystery Sirenian184
Giant Beaver192
Mystery Monitor202
Mystery Salamander231
Giant Octopus238
Lake Monster Survey251
Monster Latitudes267
The Ridicule Factor273
Carcasses and Globsters276
Best Bets287
Top Eight Places to Look for a Sea Serpent289
Top Twelve Places to Look for a Lake Monster291
If You Should See One ...297
A Note on Style303
AppendixGeographical List of Lake and River Monsters Worldwide305

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Field Guide to Lake Monsters, Sea Serpents, and Other Mystery Denizens of the Deep 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Depending on what you mean by sea monsters Coleman and Huyghe's Field Guide to Lake Monsters, Sea Serpents, and Other Mystery Denizens of the Deep is an adequate introduction into the realm of mysteries of the deep. Starting with the history of these beasts carrying on to modern times introducing the reader with monsters such as sea centipede's, marine crocodiles, giant sharks, sea turtles, octopi, giant beavers, monitors, dinosaurs, and salamanders. Certainly the Jurassic seas were filled with all kinds of marine reptiles that if they were alive today would fit the description of a sea serpent. However, these creatures seemed to have disappeared about the same time the dinosaurs met their end roughly 65 million years ago. More recently the zeuglodon, a primitive form of whale, might easily be mistaken for a sea serpent if it had been alive today, though it is a mammal, not a reptile. In the 19th century an unscrupulous promoter actually cobbled together several zeuglodon skeletons and exhibited them as an extinct sea serpent. Zeuglodons are found in the fossil record as recently 37 million years ago. Can we find more recent fossil evidence for sea serpent-type creatures? It will be hard. The best place to find ancient sea creature fossils are in ancient sea beds. The geology of the planet changes so slowly that most of the more recent sea beds, where we would expect to find evidence for any sea serpent-like creature that has developed over the last few million years, are still at the bottom of the oceans and inaccessible to us. A lack of evidence is not proof of existence, of course, so what we have in Monsters Sea Serpents Other myst Denizens Deepare is simply tantalizing stories. Suggestive and intriguing, but until somebody comes up with a well-preserved body, there is no proof.
melannen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Starts with an overview of "draconology", then goes into what is, actually, more-or-less a field guide. As seems to be the case with a lot of sea/lake monster studies, it's somewhat focussed on classification, finding a way to divide the myriads of reports into a finite number of identifiable and believable creatures. Indeed, this book takes Heuvelmans' classic classification scheme and updates it with a few new and a few combined types, to end up with a total of 14 separate cryptid types in the guide. Each section starts with a detailed overview and description of the type, and the evidence that went into making it a separate classification, and then is followed with a group of specific reports of sightings.There's also an appendix at the end going over the most likely places in the world to see the creatures, though I'm not sure I agree with its ranking ("Chessie" is ranked fifth, even though there were never many sightings, relatively, and it hasn't been seen in decades.) It's a very well-put-together presentation of the evidence, and a must-have for monster-hunters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg i cant belive how good this book is
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of loren colemAms best books
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