Besides bigfoots, another kind of cryptid I am interested in is the large serpent-creatures sometimes seen swimming in rivers, lakes, and the ocean. Though I’m pretty much interested in just unknown hairy bipeds, the river serpent subject keeps pulling my attention toward it. In the spirit of discovery and education, I’ll include some of the books on my shelves covering these strange creatures.
In the Wake of the Sea-Serpents
By Bernard Heuvelmans
This is the grandaddy of the all sea serpent books. It was published in 1969 in French, and was eventually translated into English by Richard Garnett. The book only considers salt water creatures (thus no Loch Ness Monster), and categorizes the many sightings into seven distinct categories of sea monster. The book has long been out of print, but excellent used copies can still be found.
In the Wake of Bernard Heuvelmans
By Michael Woodley
This interesting book takes the work of Bernard Heuvelmans (see In the Wake of the Sea-Serpents above) and refines its categories a bit, making the nearly-fifty year old work a bit more streamlined. To make these adjustments, the author uses new findings in paleontology and ichthyology. The book utilizes photos, graphs, and diagrams to help keep the reader engaged and understanding the text.
Lake Monster Mysteries: Investigating the World’s Most Elusive Creatures
By Benjamin Radford and Joe Nickell
The authors take a close look at seven famous lake monsters individually, and then give honorable mention to a number of others. Stories of the cultural impact of these monsters are included, as well as photographs from research.
Sea Monsters Unmasked (Classic Reprint)
By Henry Lee
The fascinating thing about this book is that it was originally published in 1883. Even by that date there were dozens of sea monster reports that fit numerous descriptions. The book, written in the vernacular of the time, details many eyewitness reports published in various places over the previous hundreds of years.
By Paul Leblond, John Kirk, and Jason Walton
This book offers an overview of sea serpents with an emphasis of those seen off the British Columbian coast. Leblond closely examines the evidence for the cadborosaurus creature, including eyewitness accounts and weathered photographs supposedly depicting the creature.
Sea Monsters on Medieval and Renaissance Maps
By Chet Van Duzer
This cool book looks at historic maps from the Medieval and Renaissance periods and tries to identify the fantastic creatures often drawn in their borders. What must be hundreds of full color photographs adorn this book, all from ancient maps. Some depictions are clearly known animals, but many are not. What are they?