Canvey Island Monster

In November 1953, a carcass of a strange looking creature washed up on the shore of Canvey Island, England. Another carcass was found in August 1954. The Canvey Island Monster was the name given to this creature.

The 1953 carcass was 2.4 feet in length with bulging eyes, gills, and thick reddish brown skin. Its feet were shaped like a horseshoe with five toes, but lacked arms and hands. The remains were considered no threat so it was cremated. The second carcass was similar in looks but larger, being 3.9 feet in length and weighed 25 pounds. After careful examination, there was no explanation given to what the creature was or how it died.

Theories were given that it may be a type of anglerfish, or even a frogfish. Frogfish do walk on fins that are leg-like, have bulging eyes and are sometimes a reddish brown in color.

Journalist Nicholas Warren in 1999 investigated the 1953 and 1954 incidents. There were no official records identifying the creature. Although, local residents believed it was indeed an anglerfish.

Alwyne Wheeler, a former ichthyologist from the Department of Zoology at the British Natural History Museum, concurred that the specimens were anglerfish and the fins were mistaken for hind legs.

In the 1850s a slew of U-shaped footprints in the snow were discovered in surrounding counties that have been claimed to be a connection to the Canvey Island Monster.

Image Caption: Artistic impression of what the Canvey Island Monster may look like. Credit: Kryptid/Wikipedia