Posted by: Loren Coleman on November 14th, 2011
The famed Naden Harbor carcass was mentioned in the news of the day…and we are fast approaching this news item’s anniversary.
The Naden Harbor (British Columbia) “Cadborosaurus” carcass, retrieved from the stomach of a sperm whale and photographed in October, 1937. The specimen has since been lost.
November 17, 1937
A STRANGE CREATURE
Taken From The Stomach Of A Whale On The Pacific Coast
The fisheries department’s news bulletin described a strange creature taken from the stomach of a Pacific coast whale, tallying closely with descriptions of the elusive cadborosaurus of southern Vancouver Island waters but much smaller, possibly an infant.
Officials reading the report of the Naden harbor whaling station were surprised to find in it this description of an animal taken from the stomach of a whale killed off Queen Charlotte Islands: “about 10 feet long, having a head similar to a large dog, animal-like vertebrae and having a tail resembling a single blade of gill bone as found in whales’ jaws.”
Officials said it was surprising to find such a large creature in a whale’s stomach as the animals feed usually on squid, octopus and sometimes shrimp.
To the best of our knowledge, no photo of the carcass was published in the newspapers of the day, but certainly, the discovery was noted then.
Thanks to Jerome Clark for the archival news item.