The con rit is a mythical creature of the oceans around southeast Asia, mainly off the coast of Vietnam. It is considered to be a type of sea serpent but with a strange appearance. Vietnamese folklore considers the con rit as a water dragon. In Vietnamese, the word con rit translates to millipede.
Resembling a giant millipede, it is said to be about 50 feet long with jointed and armored segments, each being two to three feet in length with a pair of legs attached. The coloration of this serpent is brown above with a yellow belly.
The first sighting of the con rit was in 1883 as a dead specimen had washed upon the shore of Along Bay, Vietnam. The eyewitness reportedly touched the creature and described it as being 60 feet long and three feet wide. Two-foot armored segments stretched the entire body with two-foot long filaments on each. The color was described as being a dark brown with a light yellow underside. The head was missing and the carcass was towed out to sea.
In 1899 several sailors aboard the ship HMS Narcissus in the waters near Cape Falcon, Algeria witnessed what was described as a sea monster. It was claimed to be roughly 135 feet long with numerous fins. It was observed for close to 30 minutes before disappearing.
Cryptozoologist Bernard Heuvelmans states the creature may be a remnant of ancient armored whales. Another theory could be a misidentification that the con rit is actually an oarfish. Oarfish are long and snake-like with multiple fringes along the body.
Sightings of the con rit are non-existent today, suggesting the species is extinct, or knowing that the oarfish is a similar creature, witnesses allege it is an oarfish instead of a con rit.
There is no physical evidence a con rit ever existed, so it is classified as a myth.
Image Caption: The “Great Sea Serpent” according to Hans Egede. Credit: Wikipedia (public domain)