|Canvey Island Monster|
Photograph and drawing of the Canvey Island Monster.
|Year First Seen||1954|
|Location||Cavney Island, England|
The Canvey Island Monster is the name given to an unusual creature whose carcass washed up on the shores of Canvey Island, England.
It was first seen in November, 1954. A second, more intact, carcass was discovered in August, 1955. The 1954 specimen was described as being 76cm (2.4ft) long with thick reddish brown skin, bulging eyes and
gills. It was also described as having hind legs with five-toed horseshoe-shaped feet with concave arches - which appeared to be suited for bipedal locomotion - but no forelimbs.
Its remains were cremated after a cursory inspection by zoologists who said that it posed no danger to the public.
The 1955 specimen was described as being similar to the first but much larger, being 120cm (3.9 ft) long and weighing approximately 11.3kg (25lb). It was sufficiently fresh for its eyes, nostrils and teeth to be studied though no official explanation was given at the time as to what it was or what happened to the carcass.
It is believed that the Canvey Island Monster was a beached anglerfish. Though, the photograph of a
deceased anglerfish shows no tail when the corpse of the cryptid has a tail.
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