Chapter Eleven: Blobs and Globsters: Wherein we Encounter Unexplained and Unexplainable Giants that have Vouchsafed us a rare Glimpse of the Heretofore Unknown World of the Depths.
Is it just me or are Ellis’s chapter titles getting more and more over-the-top? Anyway, in November of 1896 a “sea monster” washed up on the shores of Anastasia Island near St. Augustine, Florida. This unidentified cryptozoological creature is known as the “Florida sea monster.” This interests me because I currently live in Florida!
A funny quote in regards to the aforementioned sea monster: “The moral of this story is that one should not attempt to describe specimens stranded on the coast of Florida, while sitting in one’s study in Connecticut” (Ellis 310). Most of this chapter is devoted to the Florida sea monster. This “thing” weighted approximately six tons and is mentioned in The Ghost from the Grand Banks by Arthur C. Clarke.
Scientists eventually concluded that the Florida sea monster was from the carcass of a gigantic cephalopod, probably an unknown species of octopus. The species remains unknown to this day.
Some interesting words from this chapter:
“Anthropophagy” – the eating of human flesh; cannibalism.
“Homeothermic” – warm-blooded.
“Poikilothermic” – cold-blooded.
“Teleost” – belonging or pertaining to the Teleostei, a group of bony fishes including most living species.
“Elasmobranch” – belonging or pertaining to the Elasmobranchii, the subclass of cartilaginous fishes comprising the sharks and rays.