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Old 11-17-2009, 05:08 PM
 
Location: Baltimore
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Has anyone in the area seen or heard about this?


Man says 30-foot 'monster' lurking in canals of Madeira Beach
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Old 11-17-2009, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Hernando County, FL
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Yep, I've heard about manatees all over, used to see them in the canal when I lived on the Weeki Wachee River.
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Old 11-17-2009, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Baltimore
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I guess maybe that is what they're seeing. It's just that I would think that folks in that area would be familiar with manatees and wouldn't be confused by seeing them. I've visited Crystal River and Homosassa Springs, and it was pretty neat seeing the manatees there. As a matter of fact, we actually have one that has been coming to the rivers off the Chesapeake Bay around where I live in Maryland in the summer (I haven't been lucky enough to catch a glimpse in person). But I don't think that even I could confuse them with a serpent or snake-like animal.
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Old 11-17-2009, 09:49 PM
 
Location: Hernando County, FL
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Even the babies are huge and some people see what the want to see.

It may even be a wayward Tarpon, when they are in water that does not have sufficient air they can break the surface and breathe air through a bladder. They get 8 foot or so and i liken this to when my wife sees a snake, she tells me it was 8 ft and when I go see it it is 2 ft. So an 8 ft Tarpon could be their 30 ft serpent.
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Old 11-20-2009, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Pinellas County
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Might it be a gulf sturgeon? They grow to 8 feet and occasionally leap out of the water
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