On this week’s edition of The Gralien Podcast, we discussed sea serpents, and the theory that some of the oceanic monsters described by witnesses may actually be undiscovered varieties of giant eels. Upon hearing this, one of our listeners, Amber Terrell, shared the video above with us, which shows a larger than normal eel larvae swimming through the ocean. As you can “clearly” see (pun intended), the creature is nearly perfectly translucent, making these creatures both difficult to spot in the water, as well as potentially difficult to identify based on a mere fleeting glimpse. But that’s not all…
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At approximately 2:28 in the video, you can see just how large this leptocephalus is in relation to the cameraman (it looks to be slightly larger than the length of an average human hand from wrist to middle fingertip). Keep in mind, this is described by the crew who filmed it as being a “large size leptocephalus.” Imagine if, for instance, what Anton Brunn captured off the coast of Africa in the 1930s (as described on this week’s show) was indeed some variety of leptocephalus that had in fact been nearly six feet in length. How large can we assume that the mature variety would be? Brunn estimated the creature being approximately 180 feet or so in length which, incidentally, matches perfectly the subsequent report of a giant monster detected with sonar off the coast of Alaska, and later chronicled by the late Ivan Sanderson.
Are there indeed large eel-like monsters out there which, along with their translucent young, are occasionally witnessed swimming in our oceans?by