Cadborosaurus, British Columbia's seagoing dinosaur,
was seen twice during July by a family in Mill Bay, B.C.
Timothy and Laurice Mock, and their 14-year-old son, Christopher, were
cruising up Princess Louisa Inlet in their 24-foot powerboat. "Laurice was
scanning the shoreline for bears while Tim was at the wheel, watching for
logs. The sea was glassy, and since the sun had not risen above the
mountains, the channel was still in shade. Tim noticed a large log up
ahead and altered his course accordingly. Suddenly, the 'log' split into
"'As we ran past it, it disappeared,' Tim said, 'And all that was left was
a swirl in the water, a mini-whirlpool. The log was gone.'"
The second July sighting occurred as the Mocks "were dropping anchor near
Homfray Channel, adjacent to Desolation Sound. Once again, the sea was
flat calm and the surrounding water was exceptionally deep--in some places
up to 700 meters (2,310 feet)."
"'We were dropping anchor, and we were all on the foredeck. We had been
poking along in the area for hours with no traffic," said Tim. Son
Christopher said, 'What's that at the entrance?' When he looked up, Tim
saw an unusual wake going back and forth with a parallel set moving along
"'It was weird. It (the wake) wasn't diminishing, and it wasn't in the
direction it should have been. It was going along the shore rather than
Then Laurice Mock got a close look at the creature with her binoculars. "I
got a good look at it," she said, "It had its head close to the water. It
was like someone doing the breast stroke, like a snake."
Dr. Ed Bousfield, a retired cryptozoologist with the Royal British
Columbia Museum, calls Cadborosaurus "a Mesozoic relic" and believes "the
females come to shores of shallow estuaries to bear live young (similar to
Dr. Bousfield has collected over 200 accounts of Cadborosaurus sightings
over the years.
(See the Victoria, B.C. Times-Colonist for August 9, 1997.
Many thanks to Loren Coleman and Brian Chapman for this news article.