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The sea monster at Brims

In August 1919 five men were fishing off Brims when a creature came to within 30 yards of their boat.

They described the creature as having a neck "as thick as an elephant’s foreleg" which stuck about five to six feet out of the water. The head was very much smaller in proportion.

They believed the creature could be 18 to 20 feet long and would weigh between two and three tons. The men believed that this strange creature lived in the undersea caves around the island.

 Sea monster featured on the Carta Marina

Shown above is a sea monster featured on the Carta Marina, the last unscientific map of Scandinavia published in Rome in 1539 by Olaus Magnus, exiled Bishop of Uppsala. The map is on display in Orkney Museum, Kirkwall.