Posted by: Craig Woolheater on May 28th, 2011
A Cryptomundian sent us a link to this report with the following comment:
Did you see this link? It almost looks like a Cadborosaurus head sticking out.A Cryptomundian
A MYSTERY sea creature spotted in the Mersey has experts baffled.
The “monster” was snapped off Seacombe Ferry at 9am yesterday by photographer Mark Harrison.
Paul Renolds, from the Blue Planet Aquarium, who studied the photos, said: “It is virtually impossible to actually identify, but this is the time of year when large numbers of basking sharks, the second largest shark species in the world after whale sharks, head towards waters off the Isle of Man.”
He added: “If it is not a basking shark, it could be a smaller species of whale or a dolphin because there are around 23 different species in UK waters.”Laura Jones
Apparently, the experts have already solved it…
MARINE experts think they have the answer to an unexplained sighting of a “Mersey monster”.
It was spotted by keen photographer Mark Harrison on Monday, surfacing just off Seacombe Ferry, Wirral, at 9am.
He told the ECHO: “At first, I thought it was a seal.
“I couldn’t make it out, though. Then it disappeared under the water for a few minutes, coming back up further upstream (against the tide) and quite a bit closer.
“It was quite long, and looked to be moving around slowly.
“There was only a few other people around, most of them in a hurry. I wasn’t about to stop anyone to point it out, because I didn’t want to be ‘that bloke’, who’s convinced he’s seen Nessie only for someone to point out it’s a big length of rope or something.”
He put the photographs online as a joke, and added: “Now look – I’m that bloke who thinks he’s seen Nessie.”
Danielle Gibas, sightings officer, Sea Watch Foundation, believes it was a rare sighting of a harbour porpoise in the Mersey.
She said: “Harbour porpoises are notoriously difficult to spot. They surface fleetingly and have such a small dorsal fin that it is often confused with ripples or waves in the water. Contrarily to dolphins, porpoises rarely leap out of the water so you have to be very lucky to notice them at a glance.
“All this means that they are seldom seen even though they are actually common in waters around Liverpool.
“The peak numbers will be occurring from now until October so keep an eye out and don’t forget to report any sightings to the Sea Watch Foundation website.”Liverpool Echo