Lair of the Beasts: A Genuine Dragon? (

By:Nick Redfern
Date: Saturday, September 15, 2012

Just like its famous cousin off the coast of Florida – the infamous Bermuda Triangle – the Devil’s Sea, which is situated near Miyake Island, and approximately one hundred kilometers south of Japan’s capital city of Tokyo, can also claim to be responsible for hundreds of deaths and disappearances under very curious and disturbing circumstances. 

Also as with the Bermuda Triangle, the Devil’s Sea is filled to the brim with sensational stories and tales of gateways to other worlds and dimensions, tales of dramatic alien encounters in the skies above the waters, and legends, folklore and myths of great sea dragons that swallow ships whole and drag them to a dark underworld.

On this latter point, Richard Freeman, the author of many books on strange creatures, formerly a British zoo-keeper, and an expert in dragon lore and mythology, makes a very intriguing observation on the admittedly highly controversial issue of whether or not at least some dragon legends might have a degree of basis in reality: 

“Back in 1979 Peter Dickinson wrote a book that was titled The Flight of Dragons. Dickinson had come up with this idea – an excellent theory, in fact – that real-life dragons did exist and that they were the descendants of dinosaurs such as the Tyrannosaurus Rex. Dickinson suggested that these animals developed large, expanded stomachs that would fill with hydrogen gas, which would come from a combination of hydrochloric acid found in the juices of the digestive system that would then mix with calcium found in the bones of their prey.”

Freeman continues: “Then, from there, the hydrogen – a lighter-than-air gas – allowed these creatures to take to the skies and then control their flight by burning off the excess gas in the form of flame. Anyone seeing this would be seeing the closest thing to the image of the dragon that we all know and love. Dickinson’s theory is an excellent one, and may well be a perfect explanation for sightings of real dragons – in times past, and perhaps today, I believe.”

Freeman’s final words on the matter: “The dragon has its teeth and claws deep into the collective psyche of mankind, and it’s not about to let go. Our most ancient fear still stalks the earth today. Beware: this is no fairytale. When your parents told you that there were no such things as dragons, they lied.”

Richard Freeman’s undeniably captivating and thought-provoking revelations are made all the more remarkable by the experience of one Toksiaki Lang, a Japanese pilot, who claimed that while flying over the Devil’s Sea in 1944 and engaged in aerial combat with U.S. forces, he caught brief sight of an immense sea-serpent-type monster swimming the waters at high speed, with its long neck standing proudly and loftily as it did so. 

But, what makes Lang’s story so notable is that he described the approximately 150-foot-long, dark green-colored beast as possessing a pair of immense, triangular wings that seemed to help keep its mighty bulk afloat as it ploughed and stormed its way through the turbulent waters. A huge, serpent-like animal sporting two, large, angled wings: surely a better description of a dragon one would be very hard to ever capture.

Could it really be the case that there is more – actually far more – to dragons than mere myth, folklore and legend? Might they, incredibly and against just about all the odds, be all too real? Perhaps, given that substantial parts of our world still remain seldom explored, and particularly so the deeper oceans, we should not write off the dragon so quickly…

Nick Redfern’s latest book, The World’s Weirdest Places, is available now from New Page Books.