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Sea Serpent!

Ok, Oarfish - considered an inspiration for the legend. And frankly Oarfish are neat. While the only ones most people ever see are dead ones that have washed up from the deep sea (as happened recently off Catalina Island and Oceanside, here in SoCal), which are impressive enough, in mid-August of 2011, a deep water robot used for sea floor and water column studies of oceanic lifeforms after the Deepwater Horizon spill came across a LIVE one gracefully rippling by, and got about nine and a half minutes* of footage. Wow.

*The first minute is more tantalizing glimpses, thereafter it's good clear pictures.