ENTER THE OAR FISH
Are ancient sea monsters abroad,
For scientists to be awed…
Like a coelacanth
Oar fish (not in Banff*),
Exist as creatures of God.
Think of all the things men said aren’t true,
That have fallen by the wayside too…
Wonders in the sea
Fill us with glee,
Are there salt water plesiosaurs** swimming through?
—Jonathan Caswell, M.S.E.
notes: *Banff, in Alberta, Canada…simply used to rhyme with coelacanth, an ancient fish found in fossils and recovered in fishing nets off the coast of South Africa in 1938. Two species of this “extinct” fish are living.
**Plesiosaur is the ancient sea animal found in the fossil record that many people think are represented in modern times by the Loch Ness monster (Nessie) and the Lake Champlain monster (Champ) and certain other examples elsewhere. Not having definite proof for either conclusion, there is one purported underwater photograph showing a triangular-shaped flipper-like feature that may or may not be the side flipper of “Nessie”, and some other evidence of varying acceptability—subjects of many studies done by serious scientists and interested amateurs!
(Coelacanth image courtesy Wikipedia…Oar fish—2nd picture below is courtesy magsx2.wordpress.com)