Posted by: Loren Coleman on November 13th, 2008
Hawera & Normanby Star, New Zealand
June 18, 1896
(PER PRESS ASSOCIATION.) WELLINGTON, June 17. C. Tregurtha, keeper of the Brothers’ lighthouse, reports having on May 29 seen some strange marine monsters. They were about three miles off. At first it was thought they were whales, but he could not see any spouting though there was plenty of splashing. Three of them rose 15 to 20 feet out of the water, remaining in the position half a minute. Afterwards a fourth appeared. Their heads were snakelike, the neck much smaller than the head and of a greyish white color. Another monster, like an enormous snake, with two fins behind its head, was also seen both by Tregurcha and another man named Butler.
Thanks to Jerome Clark.