Justified & Ancient
- May 30, 2009
A MONSTER SEA-SERPENT OFF THE IRISH COAST.
“THERE has been some excitement in Kilkee at the appearance, the other day, of an extraordinary marine visitor, who from all accounts, seems to belong to the genus of the “great unknown,” whose existence has been for the last two hundred years a point of dispute among the most learned naturalists in every country. A party of strangers staying at Kilkee, composed of several ladies and some gentlemen—one of whom is a well-known clergyman in the north of Ireland—went down to see, among other points of interest, a place known as the “Diamond Rocks,” and remained there for some time watching the heavy ground-swell from the Atlantic which came dashing in with tremendous force against the cliffs. The clergyman before mentioned (who vouches for his narrative to the Limerick Chronicle) states that, all of a sudden, their attention was arrested by the appearance of an extraordinary monster who rose from the surface of the water about seventy yards from the place where they were standing. ...
Oarfish do not have horse-like heads or long necks described in the write up if you follow the link. They don't get that big either.The (apparent) full text of the Day's Doings article accompanying the sketch can be accessed at the blog link below.
FULL TEXT: https://tomblandbooks.wordpress.com/2021/10/21/the-days-doings-october-21st-1871/