Now that I think of it, is it possible for a giant sea creature to exist? Im not saying kaiju sized things, but 100+ feet. No, whales dont count. Recently I've been reading The Search for the Giant Squid, and an interesting tidbit of information came up regarding Peter Benchly's The Beast, where some of the events in the film where inspired by a series of unexplained fishing accidents in Bermuda during the 1980s:
"As reported by Richard Greenwell in the "International Society of Cryptozoology Newsletter", Bermudian fisherman John P. [Sean] Ingham was having a lot of trouble with his traps in the mid-1980s.
A deepwater crab and shrimp fisherman, Mr. Ingham's traps were regularly lowered to depths of between 1,000 and 2,000 fathoms. And these specially reinforced traps were coming back up bent and twisted — in some cases, not coming up at all.
On September 3, 1984, Mr. Ingham was winching up a trap that had been on the bottom at 500 fathoms. About halfway up, the line broke.
It would take a weight of over 600 pounds to break the line, which was polyethelyne rope.
Dr. Bennie Rohr, a biologist with the National Marine Fisheries Service Southeast Laboratory at Pascagoula, Mississippi, suggested that it might be the work of a giant octopus, since a full cage of tasty shrimp or crabs would be the perfect bait for it.
On another occasion, when a smaller trap was being hauled up from 480 fathoms, the trap seemed rooted to the bottom as if something very heavy was holding it, and the line, with a 4,500-pound breaking strain, was beginning to give.
As if to prove that the trap was not snagged on the bottom, whatever was holding it began to pull the 50-foot boat. When Mr. Ingham put his hand on the line, he felt "thumps like something was walking.""
For those of you who are unfamiliar with The Beast, both the film and the novel are about a 100ft Giant Squid that devours swimmers near a fishing town in Washington State.
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