Posted by: John Kirk on April 28th, 2007
The annual Cadborosaurus season is about to move into high gear. Operation Caddyscan is a Cadborosaurus research group comprising Jason Walton, Dr. Ed Bousfield, Dr. Paul Leblond and myself. We have been in existence since 1998 and the focus of this group is solely the marine megaserpent of British Columbia and adjacent coastal waters known as Cadborosaurus.
Sightings have been thin on the water in recent years, but with a new high resolution camera enclosed in a waterproof casing installed at a secret site on Vancouver Island we are hopeful that we might be able to capture further Cadborosaurus activity in addition to some footage we captured in 1999. The footage we shot then is by no means definitive, but what is interesting is that the locomotion of the creature seen in that footage is unusual to say the least. Up to now we have been using video cameras and a digital video camera that captures sixty stills a minute, so the new camera will be a highly useful addition to our arsenal.
Cadborosaurus may also have been videotaped in San Francisco Bay by Bill and Bob Clark a few years ago. While I personally cannot see the megaserpent in the Clark footage, others feel there is a case for it being there and have extensively and exhaustively studied the Clark footage and so we will just agree to disagree about conclusions. However, Bill and Bob’s diligence and hard work in search of this creature is to be applauded.
What is interesting about Cadborosaurus sightings is that there are a number of witnesses that have seen the animal more than once in the same locale. This rarely happens with cryptid sightings, but there are a variety of reasons behind why some witnesses see Caddy repeatedly. One is that the cryptids may be following schools of fish including the many salmon runs we have each year off the coast of British Columbia.
Although Caddy was seen in 2006, we have no sighting reports to show for 2007 yet. We remain optimistic that the location of our camera will afford us a better chance of capturing at least one image of the beast. We have had some terrific shots of killer whales from our camera position and so if a Cadborosaurus was to pass through the camera’s field of view, we would get a very good image indeed.
Any British Columbians who have a sighting of Cadborosaurus are encouraged to contact the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club through the website at bcscc.ca. We will treat each report with respect and the strictest confidence.