Sea Serpent. — A marine "whatsit" is beached here. It sixteen feet long, has a head resembling a snake's, a fin tail, and,
when it was alive, perhaps a week ago, must have weighed about 800 pounds. Old time mariners and lifeguards say they think it is a sea
serpent. "I've lived around the ocean for eighteen years," said Norman
Bishop, former lifeguard, "and I've never seen anything like this thing, whatever it is." The strange creature was washed ashore yesterday.
(AP Dispatch from Venice, California to the Berkeley Daily Gazette, Dec. 6, 1955)--Courtesy C. GRANT LOOMIS