Posted by: Craig Woolheater on December 11th, 2005
Drexel University student Aaron Sakulich wrote in The Triangle, the student newspaper, about a couple of reported cases from the World War I era of naval encounters with sea monsters.
Supposedly, the British patrol vessel Coreopsis came across a U-boat (UB-85) that had been attacked by a sea serpent. The submarine had come to the surface to recharge the batteries and to allow the crew to have a smoke. While the sub was at the surface, a huge sea serpent climbed aboard. The crew, suprised to say the least, began unloading their guns at the serpent. This caused the serpent to bite down on the forward gun, causing the sub to list side to side. The captain feared that the sub would take on water through the open hatch and sink. The crew continued to fire away, causing the serpent to slink back into the depths.
"This beast had large eyes, set in a horny sort of skull. It had a small head, but with teeth that could be seen glistening in the moonlight."
He also described an earlier tale of another U-boat, U28 Schmidt that torpedoed the British freighter Iberian. As the ship sank to the depths, it caused an explosion which sent up all manner of debris, as well as a creature that resembled a 60-foot-long crocodilian. According to sources, the captain’s description of the creature was "…with four limbs resembling large webbed feet, a long, pointed tail and a head which also tapered to a point."
Maybe they blew up a living mososaur?
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