The Mysterious Mann Hill Monster
Simply Unexplainable 3/12/12
By: Chris Capps
For decades there have been reports of mysterious partially decomposed monsters being retrieved from the ocean or washing ashore to horrify and mystify onlookers. One such creature was the legendary Mann Hill Sea monster of 1970. The creature was said to be some 2,000 lbs and measure over twenty feet in length. After the Mann Hill Monster was discovered, it was often described as "the camel without legs." Although it is very unique and somewhat disturbing, it has been seen multiple times washing ashore or caught in fishing nets. So what is it?
It all happened some time during November in 1970 when it was first spied lying on Mann Hill beach and gathered its first spectators. As witnesses gathered around the carcass to attempt to figure out what it might be, they were astonished to find it was like nothing they had ever seen before. Whole families descended, looking on a creature that would never be positively identified - even 40 years later. Though there has been some speculation that this creature could be nothing more than a shark deformed in the advanced stages of decomposition, it's hard to imagine anything looking less like a shark than what has been described as the "globster" category of cryptids. The most common explanation is that the creatures are simply sharks whose spines create the illusion of appearing like a long lost dino-descendant.
Globsters are generally what is described when dealing with the unidentified remains of sea creatures that don't fit into any other known category, but suggest an entirely new and possibly significant species of creature - or a very old one, no longer thought to be living.
The creature has a shocking similarity to another one said to have existed some 165 million years ago, the plesiosaur. It's unknown if the plesiosaur was a predator or a scavenger, but the chillingly similar skeletons hanging in museums today share striking similarities with what was photographed after being discovered on Mann Hill Beach in Massachusetts.
And from the photograph snapped of this mysterious creature, it does look very much like a plesiosaur. The creature's long neck, similar skull shape, and its large fore-flippers only add to this explanation. But if it were a plesiosaur, that would mean it had survived in near impossible circumstances. Where could it have been all these years, and how could it have possibly survived the substantial changes that took place on Earth in the last few million years?
While it seems like quite a claim to make, there are also dozens of mysterious creatures bearing strikingly similar appearances. Often these creatures appear from mystery photos, offering just as little explanation about the circumstances of their taking as the creatures themselves. Was the creature that washed ashore in Mann Hill Beach nothing more than a badly decomposed whale? Or could it have been a Loch Ness counterpart to a much bigger mystery?