The Ottawa Journal from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on December 2, 1972 · Page 138
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The Ottawa Journal from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada · Page 138

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Saturday, December 2, 1972
Page 138
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A many-humped -creature Trith rrarixi Exindly eyes and flooring mane Columbia Legislature," Major W. H. Langley, who also happened to be a barrister, that almost made it respectable: The major publicly testified that on Oct. 1, 1933,. he and his wife were sailing between Discovery and Chatham Islands, when they heard "... a very loud noise, something between a grunt and a snort accompanied by a huge hiss". Looking in 1 the direction of the noise the couple saw "a huge object about 90 to 100 feet off .. ." ' Major Langley's report brought fprth an account of a sighting made the previous year by F. W. Kemp, an official of the British Columbia Provincial Archives. In a report to the Victoria Daily Times, Kemp vividly describes that on Aug. 10, 1932, "I was with my wife and son on Chatham Island on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. My wife called my attention to a mysterious something coming through the channel between Strong Tide Island and Chatham Island. Imagine my astonishment on observing a huge creature with head out of the water travelling about four miles per hour against the tide. Even at that speed a considerable wash was thrown on the rocks, which gave me the impression that it was more reptile than serpent' to make so much displacement." Kemp continues: "The channel at this point is about 500 yards wide. Swimming to the steep rocks island upposite, llie creatuie shot its head from siSe to side, appeared to be taking its bearings. Then fold after fold of its body came to the surface.. Towards the tail it appeared serrated with something moving flail-like at the extreme end. The movements were like those of a crocodile. Around the head appeared a sort of mane, which drifted round the body like kelp. "The thing's presence seemed to change the whole landscape, which makes it difficult to describe my experiences. It did not seem to belong to the present schetrrt! of things, but rather to the Long Ago when the world was young. The position it held on the rock was momentary. My wife and 16-year-old son ran to a point of land to get a clearer view. I think the sounds they made disturbed the'animal. The sea being very calm, it seemed to slip back into deep . water, there was a great commotion under the surface and it disappeared like a flash." -. Kemp calculated the creature's length to be not less than 80 feet, and the body must have been 5 feet thick. "I did not report my strange adventure except -to one or two trusted friends, for fear of ridicule and unbelief. About a year later, it fell to Major Langley's lot to see the same, or at any rate, a similar monster in- the vicinity also of Chatham Island. I enclose sketches." What Kemp illustrates is clearly an animal unknown to science. The story was now out. Within a week, "Archie Wills, then the news editor of the Victoria Daily Times had "a dozen letters from other people who a w jn The Chinook Indians of BC had known about Caddy lor centuries: they had named him Hiachuckaluck. 'J '" a . 'v.: I imL. - immv -. I

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