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Sea serpent also reported in Savannah River during the 1800s

Sea serpent also reported in Savannah River during the 1800s

The People of One Fire told you about a Nessie monster in the Etowah River last week.  One of our readers sent us a YouTube documentary on a very similar “sea serpent” who was actually captured by the people of Augusta.  The newspaper’s drawing looks identical to an Oarfish.


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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history. Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.



    Hey Richard,
    Seems monsters are a over Georgia. The link below is very interesting.

    My father was raised in SEGeorgia and fished up and down the Altamaha until the late 50’s when they moved to Atlanta.
    He never said he had seen anything like this, but said the salt marshes and rivers in this area had deep secrets, many were not good.
    Just the other day I watched vedio of a whale species that had not been seen seen in the wild, only dead on the beach.
    When I read about things like this I remember the Ceolicanth a fish thought extinct for millions of years and was found in a fish market for sale. The natives knew it as a fish that was not good to eat. Very oily and not much value so they threw most of them back.
    The world is a wondrous place!

    • Wayne,

      It sounds like the same creature that was seen in the Savannah River and was seen many times in the Etowah River. Who knows what lurks in the deep dark waters of the Coastal Plain rivers.


    I too believe the most likely biological suspect in this mystery 1800’s sighting was likely an oarfish. It would have caused quite a stir in the commmunity for those unfamiliar with such a creature. Oarfish do kinda look like sea serpents. ^_^ Great article! Nice work.

    • Thank you! Glad that you enjoyed it. It may not have been the oarfish that is in the ocean today, but I bet it was a cousin.


    Perhaps a traveling and very lost green anaconda? They enjoy freshwater and do quite well in Georgia. I mean if the Florida Everglades Python & Boa epidemic is any indication… But perhaps the anaconda did not thrive as Georgia winters are too cold for such a tropical critter?

    Regardless, “something” was going on.
    The old indigenous accounts of Sint Holo and Uktena, etc had to be based on something tangible and real, but perhaps the creature these tales were based on is extinct now?


    *meant to say “they would do” well in Georgia hypothetically*


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