How to Unmake a Sea Serpent: The Case of the Scoliophis Atlanticus

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“Ocean: A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man – who has no gills.” – Ambrose Bierce

I object to the name sea "monster".  Its more like sea "awesome". I object to the name sea “monster”. Its more like sea “awesome”.

The process of unmaking monsters is often as illuminating as the process of making them.  Not debunking them, rather historically revising them, for certainly a “hoax is a hoax, of course, of course” and humans are indeed predisposed to regard the unfamiliar with horror (evolutionarily important, since before we figured out that rocks were good for hitting things over the head with, it was a good bet that the unfamiliar was distinctly interested in eating you), rather I’m speaking of the steady and inexorable reinterpretation of phenomena into noumena (that which is known without the use of senses) over time. The mechanism by which conventional wisdom asserts itself to explain away the anomalistic across the years…

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