何世紀もの間、その存在を時折、フィンガーレイク群の中で最も長いセネカ湖に現れる不可解な怪物についての話がありました。
(中略)
1899年7月14日の事件は、New York Sun誌でだけでなく、地方紙で広く注目を集めました。
(中略)
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…それ…最後の夜に見たクリーチャーはまさにこんな様子に見えた、
広がり、非常にクジラのように見えたとき、終わりのおよそ5フィート(1.524m) 以内の辺りまで先細りになった尾で、それはおよそ25フィート(7.62m) の長さでした。
生きものは、体重およそ1000ポンド(453.59237kg) でした。
その頭は、おそらく4フィート(1.2192m) の長さで三角でした。
その口は非常に長く、2列の三角形の白い歯がマッコウクジラのそれと同じくらい鋭く武装していましたが、サメのそれの様により尖って(in shape) いました。
その本体は、同じくらい私が知っている内の他のものとして、スッポンの甲羅のような角質で覆われていました。
その角質の色は茶色で、緑がかった色合いでした。
クリーチャー(ロープが滑り死体が下がったあと私はそれを見ました)の腹は、乳白色でした。
その目は魚のそれのように丸かったです、そして、それはウィンクしませんでした。
(後略)
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Please note: I cropped, enlarged and enhanced the object in the photo above, from witness' photo.
※Source
https://fbcdn-photos-a-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xaf1/v/t1.0-0/11059157_848785668489899_1611626900132593580_n.jpg?oh=8e8d3367b6d5136913f8548c03c5bb04&oe=56815FBA&__gda__=1449398539_e32499435c1f4d009a60ec8cf72c9565
※引用。
来たわ、久々の「セネカ・ネッシー」。以前に1、2度logったんだけど、
(O_O)

(セネカ・ネッシー【Seneca Nessy】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51777110.html)
なんか?その1899年の遭遇時に、生け捕りにしようとしにいった船に体当たりされたかなんかで「セネカ・ネッシー」はタヒんでるらしいよ、目撃者の証言では 脊柱がぶち折れたとかで、
(c_c)
湖が底無し、言われてるから沈んじゃったらしい。
で、その怪物が沈む前に、カーカスを持って帰ろうとその身体にロープかける為に、怪物の側に下ろされたボートに乗ってた地質学者の、おそらく最も慎重かつ最も信頼できるアカウントと言われてる観察証言が今回 抜粋引用した箇所、
(O_o)
ゼウグロドンとかバシロサウルス、モササウルスぽいよね?その様子からすると?
(c_c)
目撃者が船のクルーとその乗客、大勢だし、信憑性あり、の遭遇事件だわ、
!(◎_◎;)
「セネカ・ネッシー」湖の怪物としては古株、歴史ある重鎮モンスターやったんやね?知らんかった、
(u_u)

ブログのいちばん下に、セネカ湖の怪物の全文(原文)あります。


(《実際の写真?》ムカシクジラ?ゼウグロドン?【Mukashikujira?Zeuglodon?】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51793419.html)

(オゴポゴか、キャディか?バシロサウルスの完全骨格【Ogopogo?Caddy?Complete skeleton of Basilosaurus】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51759327.html)

(カーペンタリア湾にモササウルス【Mosasaurs on the Gulf of Carpentaria】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51793223.html)


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レイク!近い、近い、【RAKE! Nearer, nearer,】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51795882.html

チーター×ボブ?謎の大型ネコ【Cheetah x Bob? Mysterious Bigcat.】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51795576.html

ロシアに赤いシャドウマン、ヒューマン・トーチは実在した!【Red shadowman in Russia. The Human Torch was real!】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51795224.html

オフィスでみつかった犬サイズのネズミ【Dog-sized Rat found in Office】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51794902.html

メガロドン・2015【Megalodon・2015】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51794585.html

ワームホールを通り地球へ来訪するもの【Visitors to the Earth will pass through the wormhole.】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51794331.html

400年前の中国の墓からスイス時計【Swiss watches from the tomb of China 400 years ago.】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51794080.html

アフガニスタンにUFO墜落【The UFO crash in Afghanistan】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51793809.html

ノトサウルスの全身写真【Full body photo of Nothosaurs】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51793522.html

《古い写真》ワニではない、モササウルス?【It's not alligator. Mosasaurs?】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51793294.html

廃墟なんか行かなきゃイイのに…【To the ruins, that who do not go are good.】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51793042.html

《何処湖の怪物(104)》ゴツゴツ顔の謎の怪物【Mystery Monster of craggy face】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51792880.html

ピッグマン、歩く…【Pig Man, walk ...】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51792703.html

ガンQは実在した!…のか?【"GUN-Q" was that real?】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51792458.html

コーモラント湖のネッシー!?【Cormorant.Loch Ness.】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51792240.html

《謎》どうやったらそうなる?!鹿【How do I enable, is this become such a result? Deer!.】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51791991.html

怪物に見初められたか?青年、【The creature had been in love you? 】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51791716.html

涼しい写真(11) コロボリー・ロックの 次元間の存在【Interdimentional being of Corroboree Rock】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51791597.html

涼しい写真 ママなの?【Mommy?】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51791300.html

パンプキンヘッドは実在した!?【Pumpkinhead, was real!?】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51791085.html

涼しい写真【Cool photos】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51790850.html

真夜中、スキンを纏い歩く者【Someone, skins in the middle of the night, walking】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51790691.html

『大気獣』 25mもの巨大ワーム「オヨ・フリオ」はどうやって空を飛ぶ?【is also 25 m giant worms ”Hoyo Julio” how to fly?】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51761817.html

ベイビー・ネッシー?【Baby Nessie?】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51789198.html

『大気獣』(13) 奇妙な形のUFO【UFO of strange form】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51789065.html

ベルナデッタの神聖な名残【Bernadette's The sacred relic】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51788817.html

ゼブラ・ダイカー。タイガー(虎)じゃない【Zebra Duiker. is not a Tiger】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51788649.html

マムランボは脳みそを吸う怪物【Mamlambo, is the brain sucker Monster】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51788495.html

《何処湖の怪物(79)》赤く芸術的な怪物【Red and artistic monster】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51788367.html

《何処湖の怪物(69)》オッターか?【Otter?】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51788227.html

近年のネッシー【Loch Ness monster in recent years】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51788093.html

ブラウン管の中のエイリアン?あり得ん(a li e n)【Alien of the cathode-ray tube?. Improbable(あり得ん/a li e n)】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51787903.html

《謎写真》ホダッグの棲家?【The Lair of the "Hodag"?】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51787752.html

エドワーズ空軍基地に恐怖の大怪獣【Monster of fear in Edwards AFB】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51787582.html

《何処湖の怪物(50)》まさかのオゴポゴのご尊顔【Surely! Of Visit its faces of the Ogopogo.】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51787278.html

シコポゴとシュスワッギ【Sicopogo and Shuswaggi】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51787064.html

エルシノア湖のシーサーペント「エルシー」、卵を産む?【Lake Elsinore sea serpent “Elsie” lays eggs?】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51786803.html

ウィンダミア湖の怪物は、スイマーをやり過ごす【Lake Windermeres Monster is get past the swimmer】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51786609.html

名誉挽回!今度は凄いぜ!カナス湖の怪物【 Honor recovery! This time amazing photo!! Kanas Lake Monster】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51786444.html

ヘルシンキ、グリチアン湖の怪物「グリッティー」?【Helsingia, Gryttjen Lake Monster "Gryttie"】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51786277.html

スーダンの未確認巨大ヘビ「ルクワタ」【Lukwata is a Sudanese cryptid mega snake】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51786046.html

ホワイトリバー・モンスター「ホワイティ」【White River Monster,”Whitey”】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51785214.html

ビッグフット怒る!!「画像消せ!ごるァ!!」【 Bigfoot gets angry! 「 Hey! Erase the images!」】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51784644.html

《謎魚》こいつの正体を知りたい【Is I want to know the identity of this aquatic beast】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51784359.html

ウソか本当かモケーレムベンベ【 Hoax or Real?「mokele mbembe」】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51784377.html

メリット島のキラー・マナティー【killer Manatee of Merritt Island】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51784456.html

キャメロン湖のキャミー出現!!【Cammie, Cameron lake monster appearance!】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51784255.html

海岸線は 謎の漂着生物の船着場・別項(51) プラア・サンズ、カーカス【The Prah Sands Carcass】(+情報)
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51784023.html

《何処湖の怪物(18)》スクリューのガー助?【 "Gar-su-k" of Screw, Is?】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51784034.html

《何処湖の怪物(12)》 闇夜に巨大タツノオトシゴみたいな怪物!【Monster in the dark like a Big Seahorse】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51783902.html

ガメラ、捕まる!【Gamera?Alligator snapping turtles】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51783824.html

Google Earth にベッシー【Bessie in "Google Earth" 】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51783654.html

《何処湖の怪物ぁ侫蓮璽弌爾硫物【Monster of the harbor】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51783571.html

これぞまさしくシー・サーペント!!【This is exactly what sea serpent!】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51783486.html

《謎写真》湖中のネッシー?!【Nessie in lake?】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51783355.html

《謎写真》海岸線は 謎の漂着生物の船着場・別項(46) 謎のシーサーペント・ボディ【The Mysterious Sea-Serpent Carcass】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51783158.html

「ホダッグ」は実在した?!【Whether 『Hodag』 was real?】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51782733.html

私がひどく怖い写真【I'm afraid Badly. this photo】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51782410.html

詐欺か?アオサギか?ネスヒオドンか?!【Or fraud? Or heron? or was Second Nessie? !】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51782011.html

大分・花月川のカッシーよぉぉぉぉぉぉぉぉー〜ーっ!!【Kassie, Japanese River Monster】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51781737.html

巨大なペリカン?だが黒い【Giant Pelican? But Black】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51781470.html

『大気獣』(28) トランスフォームUFO【Transform UFO】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51781300.html

スリン・テギドの怪物 デンビー・ダイナソー【Monster of Llyn Tegid. The Denbigh Dinosaur】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51781077.html

えーっ!!実は超巨大バッタは実在した!【Er? ! Actually colossal grasshopper was real❗️】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51780690.html

き、恐竜のカブ???【Dinosaur Cub?】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51780491.html

ウルグアイのラ・プラタ川でボートを沈めた怪物【La Plata river monster is a boat sank】(+追記)
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51780113.html

海岸線は 謎の漂着生物の船着場・別項(35) イーストヘイヴン・クリーチャー【Easthaven Creature】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51779926.html

海岸線は 謎の漂着生物の船着場・別項(30)《謎写真》何これ?シーサーペント?【What this is? Sea Serpent?】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51779678.html

スターク湖の脚の生えた謎生物【 Starke Lake Mysterious creature is have the legs】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51779412.html

海岸線は 謎の漂着生物の船着場・別項(26) シチュエートの海の怪物【The Scituate sea monster】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51779085.html

ヴァージニア・トレイルカム・ビッグフット写真【Virginia trail cam bigfoot photo】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51778906.html

海岸線は 謎の漂着生物の船着場・別項(23) シャーロット港の牛怪物【 Charlotte Harbor Cow Monster】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51778557.html

奇妙なクッキー・モンスター・シークリーチャー【Weird Cookie Monster Sea Creature's】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51778056.html

ランフォリンクスだったか?50sの雑誌から【Rhamphorhynchus was? from the 50 s Magazine】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51777848.html

始祖鳥 奔る!!【Archaeopteryx run!】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51777718.html

『大気獣』(25) スカイ・サーペント【Sky Serpents】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51777559.html

海岸線は 謎の漂着生物の船着場・別項 な、なんじゃこらーーー!!【Coastline pier ashore mysterious creature・Another page#6】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51773069.html

チリに恐竜?『グクフ』【Chile to the dinosaur?GUCF】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51772915.html

ガラスの棺に眠るロザリアは その目を開ける【Rosalia,Sleeping in a glass coffin, She opened eyes!】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51772920.html

お食事中でしたらごめんなさい、巨大ヒルのヒル飯【Mimobdella buettikofer's lunch】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51772917.html

巨大シーサーペント【Giant Sea Serpent】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51772913.html

『Hippomouse?』カバネズミ?何これ?【Mystery creature photographed in Seattle】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51772912.html

『翼竜』プテロダクティルをキャッチした【Catching the Pterodactyl】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51772908.html

空母の巨大生物はこいつか?【It was carried on the aircraft carrier?】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51772858.html

ディプロカウルス?【Diplocaulus?】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51772855.html

ペンシルバニアの『ノーム』【Gnome in Pennsylvania】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51772704.html

ウィンダミア湖の怪物、再び!【The monster of Lake Windermere, again!】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51772698.html

何が飛んでる?【What is flying?】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51772684.html

海岸線は 謎の漂着生物の船着場・別項 ナイフヘッド出現【Coastline pier ashore mysterious creature・Another page#5.】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51772680.html

ニュース映像内のドラゴン【In the news footage of the Dragon】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51772662.html

バッツカッチ、引きの写真【Batsquatch close shot pictures】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51772652.html

1度でイイから見てみたい〜、こいつが空を飛ぶところ〜【Once you want to see where you fly】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51772633.html

オウルマンの全身写真【 Full body photo of the 『Owl-Man』】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51772631.html

森に棲む者【Who lives in the forest】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51772614.html

『ニンゲン』は存在するか?【"Ningen”existence?】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51772604.html

『謎写真』バグ?【Bug?】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51772584.html

何ですかこれは?何ですかこれは?【What is this?×2】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51772581.html

《謎写真》海の中のUFOを『USO』と呼ぶね【UFO's in the sea called "USO"】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51772534.html

ヨルダン川ウエストバンク(西岸地区)の赤いチーター【Red Cheetah's West Bank】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51772527.html

後ろから着いてくる小さい…何?【Walk behind, something】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51772464.html

グロー・クリーチャー【Glow creature】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51772376.html

海岸線は 謎の漂着生物の船着場・別項 上手が頭だとしたら超絶怖い【Coastline pier ashore mysterious creature・Another page#3.】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51772359.html

あんま美味そうじゃない謎の魚【strange deep sea fish】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51772353.html

謎の深海エビを見つけた【a mysterious deep sea shrimp found】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51772350.html

海岸線は 謎の漂着生物の船着場・別項 スペインにまた謎カーカス【Coastline pier ashore mysterious creature・Another page#1.】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51772297.html

《謎写真》巨大水棲獣UMA大進撃・単発 こいつ、オオサルパじゃね?【Huge Aquatic Monster,singleА(追記しました)
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51772294.html

《謎写真》巨大水棲獣UMA大進撃・単発ゥぅ螢離い瞭羸己【Huge Aquatic Monster,singleァ
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51772283.html

《謎写真》巨大水棲獣UMA大進撃・単発 虹の海を二瘤の水棲獣が行く【Huge Aquatic Monster,singleΑ
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51772292.html

蜘蛛のような赤い深海蟹【like the spider on deep sea, Red crab】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51772280.html

津波の後の奇妙な生き物【Strange creature after the Tsunami】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51772277.html

ウガンダの青いチーター【Blue Cheetah in Butanga】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51772257.html

カフカス山脈の黄色いチーター【Yellow Cheetah of the Caucasus】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51772253.html

詳細はあるが写真は無い『バラム(BALAM)』【Some details, but there is no photo, "Balaam (BALAM) ”】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51772194.html

トラ!トラ!トラ!虎の種類 ワールドワイド編【Tiger SubspeciesWorld Wide Edition】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51772178.html

ジュエルボックス?『ミラースパイダー(Thwaitesia)』【Jewel Box? "Mirror spider"】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51772126.html

ピンク・タイガーはカザフスタンに存在する?【Pink tiger from Kazakhstan?】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51772040.html

セイバートゥース・タイガーは有史以前のネコだった【Sabertooth tiger】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51772033.html

ザンマラ・サマラギーナ【Zammara smaragdina】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51772030.html

【キライな方は注意】宝石のような虫たち【Jewel-like insects】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51772003.html

絶滅したはずのカスピトラは中国に棲んでいる?【Caspian tigers lived in china?】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51771975.html

将軍の虎【 Korean tigers or north 】(補足しました)
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51771974.html

ジャイアント・チーターは原野を奔る【Run Giant Cheetah, the wilderness】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51771970.html

1億5000万年前の恐竜のアタマの化石?見つかる【Head of 150 million years ago, dinosaurs fossils? You'll find.】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51771963.html

エクアドルでアリエニジェナ(Alienigena)撮影さる【Alienigena, shot in Ecuador】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51771959.html

ただの通りすがりのグレイだ【Passing just it's "gray alien"】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51771956.html

トルコに『ナビゲーター』UFO出現!!【Turquia e "Navigator” UFO aparece! !】
http://13shoejiu-the.blog.jp/archives/51771954.html


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セネカの怪物、原文


The Sea Serpent of Seneca Lake

by Seneca County Historian Walter Gable

For centuries there have been stories about a mysterious monster that occasionally makes its presence known at Seneca Lake, the longest of the Finger Lakes. Native American Indians found Seneca Lake to be a mysterious place on many levels. They told of rumors that it was a bottomless lake. They also believed that the monster that lived in its depths was a force not to be trifled with. The first European Americans who encountered this area brushed off these stories as merely being the superstitions of a primitive people.
An incident on July 14, 1899, received wide attention in local newspapers as well as in the New York Sun. The Otetiani, a side-wheel steamboat with Captain Carleton C. Herendeen and Pilot Frederick Rose, was traveling on Seneca Lake with a few passengers on board. Somewhere between Dresden and Willard at about 7 p.m., Pilot Rose reported that about 400 years ahead he saw something that appeared to him to be an overturned boat. Captain Herendeen then examined the object with his telescope and described it as being about 25 feet long with a very sharp bow and long-narrow stern
A number of passengers gathered around the pilot house and discussed what was being reported as an overturned boat. These passengers included Albert L. Fowle and D.W. Hallenbeck, two Commissioners of Public Works; George C. Schell, the Police Commissioner; Fred S. Bronson, the manager of the Geneva Telephone company; Charles E. Coon, a commercial traveler for a Philadelphia business; and Professor George R. Elwood of Guelph, Ontario, a geologist who has studying the country around the lake.
When Captain Herendeen completed his viewing of the object, the pilot signaled the engineer to slow the boat down. The steamboat approached to within 100 years and lowered a boat to make a close inspection of the object. In the process of lowering this small boat, the “object” (the supposed upturned boat) turned and began to move away. The captain ordered “full speed ahead.” As the object was moving slowly, the steamboat was gaining on it rapidly. The object turned again, but this time turned toward the boat, “raising its head, looked in the direction of the boat and opened its mouth, displaying two rows of sharp, white teeth.” Captain Herendeen said that he would ram the “creature” (as he now came to refer to this “object”) and take it alive, if possible. Otherwise he would kill it, and either take it aboard or tow it to Geneva.
The boat was turned so that the boat would approach the creature from the side. The deck of the steamboat was crowded with passengers who were ordered by the captain to put on life preservers “and keep cool” because he did not know what would happen when the boat actually struck the monster. “Every eye on deck was fixed on the monster and hardly a person was breathing normally. While the boat was yet some distance from it, the monster again looked at the boat, sank out of sight and the boat passed over the spot where it had been.”
The steamer continued her course to Geneva when suddenly one of the female passengers exclaimed, “There it is.” The “thing” had come up and the passengers and captain ran to the rear of the ship to take a closer look. About 50 yards from the ship they saw the long, lithe body of the monster lying on the surface. The captain gave the order to try to turn the boat so that the boat’s starboard paddlewheel would strike the creature midway between its head and tail. The boat went ahead full steam and struck the monster with enough of an impact that every passenger was thrown off his/her feet. Lying close beside the ship was the monster with a gaping wound in its side. “It raised its head, gave what sounded like a gasp, and lay quiet. Its spinal column had been broken and it was dead.”
Lifeboats were quickly lowered and rowed to the side of the monster. Boat hook ropes were placed around the carcass, and other ropes were fastened on board the ship and then attached to the improvised swings. All helped to haul in the monster. The carcass was clear of the water when the rope near the tail slipped off and the tail dropped into the water. The weight on the other rope became so great that it began to slip through the hands of those holding it. They were compelled to let go or they would be pulled overboard. As soon as some of the body of the monster struck the water, it began to sink and disappeared. The depth of the lake at that point is over six hundred feet, so everyone realized that the monster was lost.
The ship reached Geneva shortly before midnight and passengers began to tell their stories of the incident. It is easy to understand that differing versions of the length of the monster—from 25 to as much as 90 feet—would be told.
It is significant to comment on what local newspapers had to say about this incident. The Geneva Gazette reported that “The lake serpent should not have had such an ignominious end. It should have been captured alive and squirming, brought to Geneva and exhibited…” The Rochester Herald said that Professor George R. Elwood, the geologist on board, and who had been in one of the lifeboats that made a rope fast around the carcass, gave what was considered the “most careful and perhaps most trustworthy account.” He said the following:
…that [a Clidiastes] is exactly what the creature we saw last night seemed to be. It was about twenty-five feet long, with a tail which tapered until within about five feet of the end, when it broadened out and looked much like a whale. The creature weighed about one thousand pounds. Its head was perhaps four feet long and triangular in shape. Its mouth was very long and was armed with two rows of triangular white teeth as sharp as those of a shark, but in shape more like those of a sperm whale. Its body was covered with a horny substance which was as much like the carapace of a terrapin as anything else of which I know. This horny substance was brown in color and of a greenish tinge. The belly of the creature, which I saw after the rope slipped and the carcass was going down, was cream white. Its eyes were round like those of a fish, and it did not wink.
Geneva’s other newspaper, the Geneva Daily, did not immediately report on the incident. On Monday, July 16th, however, the Geneva Daily reported that the heat wave the previous weekend “drove a good many Genevans to many things, including drink.” A week later, the Geneva Gazette suggested that the story of the serpent had not been followed up. The Gazette reporter speculated that the passengers on the Otetiani must have stopped at one or more of the wine cellars along Seneca Lake and were prepared to see “creatures and monsters of all shapes and sizes.”
There have been several instances in which residents along Seneca Lake have claimed to have seen fish as big as people in the lake, some of these resembling large carp and other that look like porpoises. Don Woodrow, a professor of geoscience at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, attributes these reports to “oversized carp which, when turned over to sun themselves, ‘look bizarre.’”[v] Perhaps some facts and assumptions have contributed to these stories. One geologic fact is that Seneca Lake and Cayuga Lake are the only two Finger Lakes whose lake bottoms are below sea level. The Iroquois speculated that the two lakes were joined together by some underground stream or channel hundreds of feet below their lake surfaces. For years there has reports of the sounds of “drums” or “guns” on Seneca Lake mainly but also on Cayuga Lake. “It is left for us to decide whether there are unidentified creatures in Seneca Lake or whether the sighting in 1899 was a practical joke of the perception of some over-refreshed passengers.”