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Does the Discovery Channel own footage of Caddy, taken in Nushagak Bay? Photo by Todd Radenbaugh. Does the Discovery Channel own footage of Caddy, taken in Nushagak Bay? Photo by Todd Radenbaugh.

Cadborosaurus returns... sort of


Like many lovers of the tales of the weird and bizarre I was excited to join in on the buzz going around cryptozoological chat rooms concerning reports that the Discovery Channel had acquired some “dramatic, lengthy and close-up footage” of what appeared to be a school of over a dozen Caddys swimming off the Alaskan coast near Nushagak Bay.

Author John Kirk (“In the Domain of Lake Monsters”) and Dr. Paul LeBlond (a professor of oceanography at the University of British Columbia, author of “Cadborosaurus: Survivor from the Deep”) were both shown the film by the Discovery Channel and have stated the film shows from ten to 15 separate animals. (It could be less, Kirk says, as what we perceive as two creatures might just be the humps of one.) Both Paul and John concurred these animals were the cryptid Cadborosaurus, or Caddy. There appeared to be two larger animals 50 to 60 feet long and approximately a dozen or so smaller six- to ten-foot babies. On the approach of a school of Beluga whales, the baby Caddys appeared to be herded away from danger like sheep by the two larger Caddys.

The footage was obtained by a Washington state fishing boat captain who fishes off the Alaskan coast during the summer. He and his two sons were on deck when they noticed a herd of strange animals with horse-like or camel-like heads being chased down a channel by a pod of Beluga whales, and they were stunned to see these beasts resembled no known animal they’d seen in all their years of fishing.

One of the sons had the presence of mind to get a video camera and, when he returned, he filmed from 20 yards away what appeared to be two larger Caddys protecting what looks like a juvenile from the pursuing Belugas. One of the larger creatures then looks in the general direction of the camera and, in the words of John Kirk, “I was stunned because it looked like a living, breathing version of the famed Nadens Harbor carcass from 1937.”

Both Kirk and LeBlond, who separately spent over three hours studying the film, were in no doubt they’d seen a living Cadborosaurus and reportedly said so on camera when interviewed by the Discovery Channel, which quickly bought the rights to the film and planned to broadcast it this September sometime. Now here’s where things get really weird.

The Hillstrand brothers, stars of the Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch,” were supposedly shown the video as well and their reactions filmed. Now it’s reported that, in a contract dispute, Discovery is seeking $3 million from the Hillestrand brothers for breach of contract and both sides have filed injunctions prohibiting any of the parties from airing anything related to fishing or the Alaskan coastal waters. And that would include the Cadborosaurus footage. That’s where things stand now from what I’ve managed to piece together from various chat rooms relating to this matter. While the Discovery Channel website has been close-mouthed on this subject, you can read Kirk and LeBlond’s postings on the website cryptomundo.com.

For the uninitiated, Cadborosaurus, or Caddy, is the name given to a type of sea-serpent generally reported as 60 to 100 feet long, with a head similar to a horse or camel. Hundreds of reports have come in since the 1900s, and  prior to that time we have numerous wall and cave art by Native Americans depicting the creature. It was known by the Chinook as Hiachuckaluk. A carcass was found inside a whale’s stomach in the 1930s which measured 15 to 20 feet long, and was a suspected juvenile member of the species.

Cadborosaurus gets its name from its most common reported sightings off British Columbia’s Cadboro Bay. Some observers believe that sightings in BC’s Lake Okanagan are of a land-locked Caddy named Ogopogo which became trapped there due to extensive dam building in the 1930s. The “Mansi photograph” of 1977 appears to show a similar creature in Lake Champlain.

One can only hope the petty bickering in the case of the Discovery Channel and the Hillstrand brothers will end quickly, if indeed that’s what it is. (Speculation on the blogs could easily be in error and the film could well be released before this article hits the stands. I hope so). 

‘til next time, All homage to Xena!

“Men really do need sea-monsters in their personal oceans... An ocean without its unnamed monsters would be like a completely dreamless sleep.” -John Steinbeck


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Jody Forest Jody Forest When he's not hidden behind the palatial gates of his Dover estate, Casa de Bozo, Jody is out using outdated and corny pickup lines on various gullible women.

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cryptozoology, cadborosaurus, lake monsters, Dr. Paul LeBlond, John Kirk, Discovery Channel, The Deadliest Catch, Champ, Ogopogo

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