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Fig.1. The Easthaven monster of December 1977 (The shark at Easthaven?, 1977). The kneeing man beside it could be photographer David Henderson of Dundee (Jackie Arcari, personal communication, January 9, 2021).

Monster on Easthaven beach, 1977

Introduction East Haven (also: Easthaven) is a fishing village near to the city Carnoustie in the council area of Angus, Scotland, Great Britain. In December 1977 a “monster”, “mystery corpse” or “prehistoric animal” washed up here on the shore, lying in seaweed. Though, the mystery apparently lasted not too long …

Picture of the original sketch of Charles Rankin of the carcass. Attached to a letter to Dr Stephen and later also shown during the interview in “Arthur C. Clarke’s Mysterious World”. (Courtesy of Christine Baird for National Museums Scotland. Retrieved from https://twitter.com/NMSlibraries/status/1200385620540981248).

Gourock sea serpent, 1942

Introduction The town of Gourock is situated on the southwest coast of Scotland in the upper Firth of Clyde, an Inlet of the Atlantic Ocean. Near to it, at the anchorage of the Tail of the Bank, for some time the British Home Fleet was stationed during Second World War. …

The “sea monster” with young Don Best (age 6-8) in the background at Rockaway Beach (Best, 2017. Courtesy of Don Best Photography).

Sea monster beached at Rockaway, 1951

Introduction Rockaway Beach is a city in Tillamook County in the West coast state of Oregon, USA. In July 1951 a “sea monster” washed up here on the shore of the Pacific Ocean, just opposite to Twin Rock. Seemingly only one newspaper-article was published in local press, which provided no …

Girvan's sea monster of 1953 at Dipple. (Beryl MacLeod, 1953).

Monster’s mate in sorrow. Girvan, 1953

Introduction The Scottish town of Girvan is situated on the southwest coast in the Firth of Clyde, an Inlet of the Atlantic Ocean. While originally a fishing port, it turned into a seaside resort and became the “gateway to Ailsa Craig” (an island about 16 kilometers west of Girvan). In …

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Gourock sea serpent, 1942 Sea monster beached at Rockaway, 1951 Monsters mate in sorrow. Girvan, 1953 Monster on Easthhaven beach, 1977

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