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Sea charts until the 18th century were invariably decorated with fanciful monters ranging from winged sea-dragons spouting water to sea serpents with undulate bodies. Belief in such creatures was fostered by a brisk trade in skate and rays faked to resemble 'dragons' and in 'mermen' made from dried monkeys and fish tails.
However, perhaps the stories contain a grain of truth. In 1848 the captian and crew of the Daedalus testified to having seen a 18 metres(60feet) sea serpent swimming at a rate of 15 knots off the Cape of Good Hope. The creature was described as having a snake-like head which on occasions reared four feet out of the water.
Recent reports continue to baffle the public. The most famous is the Morgawr, first sighted in September 1975 off Falmouth in Cornwall and seen again many times during the summer of 1985. The creature was described by one witness as dark in colour, with a snake's head and a humped body revealing skin like a sealion. An unknown species of whale, perhaps - or a monster from the deep?

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