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DO SEA SERPENTS EXIST? — The flurry of interest in sea monsters gained new impetus in September 1959, when Dr. Anton Brunn of Denmark described captured larval eels six feet long.… [T]he unusually large size of the larvae suggested that the parents must be of huge size. The adult eels, perhaps 30 to 50 feet in length, hooping their way across the ocean waves, might account for some of the sea serpent legends. “I know that some of the stories told about sea monsters and sea serpents sound weird,” Dr. [Robert] Menzies said. “But it would be even more ridiculous to pooh-pooh them completely and not even look for the monsters.... I am not prepared to say that there are such things; neither would I deny they exist.”

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