posted on Aug, 19 2004 @ 12:03 AM
This is the closest I could find, The Great New England Sea Serpent.
The Great New England Sea Serpent
On August 10, 1817 a strange creature was sighted in the harbor of Gloucester, Massachusetts. Reports of it began to spread throughout New England.
The creature in this image matches the description of the Gloucester sea serpent
On August 18, 1817 the Linnaean Society of New England appointed a special committee to "collect evidence with regard to the existence and appearance
of any such animal." This committee soon thereafter published a pamphlet in which it announced that the sightings of the creature represented the
discovery of an entirely new genus, the Scoliophis Atlanticus.
However, the society's pamphlet met with ridicule, and inspired the production of numerous fake accounts of the creature. The account was
particularly ridiculed in the South
Others, however, took the reports of the creature seriously. Jacob Bigelow composed an essay about the creature for Benjamin Silliman's prestigious
American Journal of Science, and Arts. Interest in sea serpents reached an even greater pitch in America when there were mass sightings of a serpent
off the coast of Nahant in 1819.
The last reported sighting of a sea serpent near Gloucester was June 12, 1914.