In the deep waters of the Pacific Ocean off the coast of British Columbia, lives one of Canada’s hidden mysteries. For centuries people have claimed to see a serpentine creature resembling Scotland’s Loch Ness Monster. Like other creature similar to this one throughout the world, most scientists are skeptical that this creature, dubbed the Cadborosaurus, or “Caddy” for short, exists. Documented sightings of the Cadborosaurus go back to 1734. Since that time, there have been more than a hundred sightings of the Cadoborosaurus.
Two credible scientists, both Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada, Paul LeBlond and Ed Bousfield, are working with The British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoological Club to advocate the truth to the claims. They are working with electronic imaging devices to obtain a clear living specimen of the Cadborosaurus, called Operation CaddyScan.
Using a website, they are making their investigative work known to anyone interested in the Cadbobosaurus. They have even offered a $500 reward for a specimen on occasion. While doing their investigations, LeBlond and Bousfield have uncovered what seem to be the only authentic photographs of a sea serpent.
In 1937, Naden Harbour whaling station in Queen Charlotte Islands was buzzing with the news that a strange creature had been found in the stomach of a harvested whale. The creature was about ten feet long and had a camel-shaped head, an elongated serpentine body, and strangely shaped fins and tail.
Photographs were taken by the station manager, F.S. Huband, and the acting medical officer, G.V. Boorman. They also sent tissue samples from the creature to the Fisheries station in Nanaimo and the Provincial Museum in Victoria. Unfortunately, the sample sent to Nanaimo disappeared and the sample sent to Victoria was wrongly identified as a baleen whale. After being misidentified by the curator in Victoria, the sample disappeared.
Captain William Hagelund, who published some of the photos taken at Naden in his book, “Whalers No More” claims to be one of four people who have captured a living Cadborosaurus. While boating with his family around the Gulf Islands in British Columbia in 1967, Hagelund anchored for the night off Decourcey Island. The evening was quiet and calm until Hagelund heard something splashing in the water around the boat. When Hageland investigated, he was shocked to see a totally unknown creature staring up at him. Hagelund, lowered his dinghy to pursue the creature. He hoped to bring it aboard to study for further examination.
Using a small net, Hagelund captured the Cadborosaurus, which he claimed was only sixteen inches in length. He placed it in a large bucket of seawater. The Cadborosaurus had armored plates, an elongated snout, odd forward flippers, yellow downy fuzz, and a bilobate tail. The Cadborosaurus was agitated, and realizing it likely wouldn’t make it through the night, Hageland abandoned his plan to take the creature to be identified. He released the creature and it sped off.
In 1998, fishermen aboard a fishing vessel anchored in Ganges Harbour in British Columbia, came across a strange creature with their daily catch. Fearing contamination, they threw the animal back, but couldn’t get it out of their minds. They consulted many books showing creatures living in the waters off British Columbia, but could not find one resembling whatever they had seen. It was only after they saw Hagelund’s drawing of the creature he had captured and the photos taken in Naden, that they realized they had a Cadborosaurus in their possession.
On July 26th, 1999, Operation CaddyScan set up a camera in Saanich Inlet following a sighting there and captured an unusual creature who swam with an undulating locomotion. The creature stayed in view of the camera for two minutes. No animal known to inhabit the waters off British Columbia moves like that. There is possibly a second video of a Cadborosaurus, as well. In the 1970’s Gary Liimatta of Vancouver Island filmed an unknown creature for a time on some calm evening. The video isn’t clear, but the head of the creature bears a resemblance to a sea turtle.
Feeding habits of the Cadborosaurus have been difficult to determine, but they have been seen swimming after large schools of fish. Other eyewitnesses have claimed to see the Cadborosaurus attack seagulls and ducks, swallowing the birds whole.
With eyewitness accounts by many credible people, it would seem that some unknown creature is lurking off the shores of British Columbia. Is it a relative of the Ogopogo or the Loch Ness Monster? Or is it something else entirely? With a team of researchers dedicated to finding out the answer to that, one of Canada’s great mysteries may soon be solved.
Bristish Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club