Sea Monsters Explained

So we all know that seamonsters are whale wedding tackle. Joe Nickell over at the Skeptical Inquirer discusses the “Mysterious Enitites of the Pacific Northwest”.  Included is Cadborosaurus, the sea serpent, which Joe attributes to decaying basking sharks, odd shaped rocks, and otters swimming in formation.  That is all well and good but I provide another explanation for mysterious enitites in the Pacific NW.  Marijuana usage


The Pacific NW is a hotspot, along with Northern California, Colorado/New Mexico, and New England.  Oddly enough, I think sea serpent sightings are also high in New England.

Figure 1. Marijuana Use in Past Month among Persons Aged 12 or Older, by Substate Region: Percentages, Annual Averages Based on 1999, 2000, and 2001 NSDUH Data

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Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (http://deepseanews.com/), a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.


2 Replies to “Sea Monsters Explained”

  1. Hmmm… interesting. Especially since I live in New England.
    But I would be more concerned at that large swath of Colorado. Those sea serpents of the mountain regions are the most dangerous.

    Oh wait, nevermind. :) heh.

    z.

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