Reports of a giant sea serpent that moved rapidly through the harbor were reported in Gloucester. It was said to have a turtle-like head adorned with a spear or horn and a body as wide as a barrel.
In scientific publications
The reports gained so much momentum, the Linnaean Society of New England assembled a team to collect evidence and David Humphreys traveled to collect eyewitnesses reports.
The Linnaean Society of New England published a report that the sightings were evidence about a new animal, Scoliophis atlantica. The name was not appreciated, and received a lot of parodies.