A huge unknown creature with a “human head” is said to have been washed up on a beach in Britain.
According to information, the long sea creature was 48 feet long, with a hard shell attached to it and a human-like head.
It was found on Porthleven Beach, DevonLive reported, and the unknown beast dates back to the 18th century.
It is described as having green eyes and was reported to have reached the shore during a violent storm on September 14, 1786.
The discovery was made when a couple of boys were playing on the beach looking for shipwrecks when the duo stumbled upon the bizarre creature.
The hair-raising event was shared in the old weekly Hereford Journal in October 1786.
It was reported by a man from Cornwall who told how villagers killed the unknown beast.
The article, called ‘Sea Monster’, reads: “A fair and special description of a very curious and most surprising sea monster that was run ashore in Portleaven Bay (sic), on the coast of Cornwall, 14 September 1786, by the strong westerly winds and the stormy weather.
“Which continued to a violent degree for several days in a row and did great damage to that place and the neighborhood.
“This monster was first discovered by two boys who (according to the custom of that place) went in search of wrecks shortly after the day’s break.
“And when they stood on the cliff that commanded the view of a small sandy cove, they discovered, at a distance of about a mile, something of enormous hulk near the shore.
“And as they were after a short time seized to be the side or part of an unfortunate ship, which the previous night had been broken by the outermost parts of the shore.
“They immediately went to the place with good expectations of great success, and as they approached the place (the roaring waves sometimes left it dry).
“Both fought with the greatest dismay at perceiving such millions as having something alive.”
The boys, upset, ran towards a group of men they knew and told them what they had seen. The men did not believe in them at first, but eventually decided to follow them and see the monster themselves.
“A large number of people soon gathered in one body and decided to go armed, some with large sticks and sticks, others with axes, spears, etc., which, after some deliberation, were executed,” the article reports.
“When they came near the place, they understood that it was something living, as it was imagined, and it raised its head, which had not been perceived before, and seemed to be directing its course towards them.
“Everyone was worried – some stood up, others obsessed with greater fear turned back, they could not see any legs to it, but it seemed to crawl on its stomach and sometimes lifted its body a little from the sand.”
The story adds: “No one knew what the beast was.” There were different opinions about this creature; some said it was a mermaid, others a whale.
“But the greater number who did not believe that the former existed and clung to the improbability of the latter, they were all equally lost.
“When they agreed to investigate what it was, they all went against it, and after an hour of beating, stabbing, etc., it went out with a moan.
Its length was found to be from the top of the head to the end of the tail, 48 feet to inches, and its circumference in the largest part of the body 24 feet and a half.
“Its head was large and prickly in the back, and not much different from a man’s; the eyes were greenish, the mouth large, the nose flat, and from the neck to the navel.
“Equally close to humanity; its back was hard and harder to penetrate than the shell of a turtle.
“It had two short front feet, shaped like the paws of a monkey, and its hind parts that were shaped measured a full seven feet in width and only five feet long.”
It is not known what was done with the creature’s body, or if anyone studied it.
The article says: “It is assumed that a large amount of oil will be produced from it, which with the shell on its back and its fins is judged, if managed properly, to be of great value and will be of significant benefit to this neighborhood.”
The Cornish man who sent the article said: “No one who has seen it knows its name, nor has any monster as it has ever been described in minutes or come to the knowledge of this kingdom.”
There have been several stories of witnesses over the years who claim to have seen the 20-foot-long snake-like creature, dark-skinned with humps on its back and a long neck, meandering through the sea.
The strange observations in the waters off the coast of Cornwall have led people to question whether plesiosaurs, giant marine reptiles that lived while dinosaurs and were thought to have become extinct 65 million years ago, could still be alive.
Observations can be traced back about 140 years, when a long-necked beast was allegedly caught by fishermen in Gerrans Bay.
And there are so many that the sightings have turned into a legend, with the mysterious creature named Morgawr, Cornish for the giant of the sea.
There is no scientific explanation for what people have actually seen – but people have suggested that there may be more than one strange creature chasing the Cornish waters.
The first recorded time anyone raised the hypothesis that it could be a surviving prehistoric animal was in July 1949.
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