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Lair of the Beasts: A Genuine Dragon?

A Monster of the Sea

By Nick Redfern     September 15, 2012
Source: Mania.com

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.

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flyinroo 9/15/2012 5:09:14 AM

 Some creatures in the world of cryptozoology give enough evidence to provide credibility to the posibility that they exist somewhere in this world.  I just don't believe dragons are one of those creatures.

It's easy to see why our ancestors believed dragons existed. Dinosaur bones would have blown their minds and the explanations they would come up with would fit a particular mold of diabolical monsters from Hell itself. Its easy to see why they would draw the conclusions they did so long ago.

That being said, there have been reports even in modern times, of pterosaurs that may have somehow survived and still exist today. Though this is a stretch, suppose some of them were seen long ago by man. You can imagine what the sight of something like that would put into people's minds.

Cryptozoology is fascinating to me. Some creatures seem so very plausible, while others require such a stretch of the imagination its difficult to think that any rational person could believe such a thing exists. Its a great puzzle and sometimes a great source of material for debating.

InnerSanctum 9/15/2012 2:24:14 PM

 All that is required is proof that even one Cryptozoology classified creature exists.  I love the various ideas and therories surrouding their breed, but I'd suspect we would have some solid evidence by now if they truly existed.   

karas1 9/15/2012 2:41:37 PM

There's a pair of large herons who live in the swampy area next to the condo where I live.  When the two of them took flight and swooped back and forth above the pond I swear they looked like teradactyls.  If you saw them from a distance and didn't know what they were, a credulous person might be fooled.

SarcasticCaveman 9/15/2012 4:29:19 PM

 This whole idea seems like an awful lot of wishful zoological thinking to me.  I like the theory I once heard about dragons - they are a figment of imagination due to genetic memory.  Most all dragons found around the world in various mythologies generally share some common features despite how different they may look - most have features from at least two of these three animals - large birds of prey, large cats, and large snakes - ALL of which preyed on our evolutionary ancestors.  Not to mention, before we learned to how control it, fire was equally terrifying.  I think an amalgamation of genetic memory is much more plausible than left over dinosaurs that didn't evolve into birds.

jsmulligan 9/16/2012 7:32:44 AM

 There are a number of stories of tribes deep in the African and South American jungles reporting creatures that match dinosaur descriptions, and will point to either a ceratopsian or sauropod when shown pictures.  Many of these come from decades back though.  What would be a shame is if a remnant had somehow surived, but the last one passed before it was "officially" discovered.

fenngibbon 9/16/2012 9:13:13 AM

 It is peculiar that every culture appears to have stories of dragons, and that the creatures in the different stories bear a marked similarity to each other (the presence of wings seems to be one of the few variations).  I've heard the fossil explanation for other mythical creatures (the area of Asia where legends of griffins originated is apparently rich in ceratopsian fossils (four legged, beaked creatures)), but every culture finding the same sort of fossils that would inspire the virtually the same legends?

SarcasticCaveman 9/16/2012 5:11:20 PM

 You're assuming a culture properly identifies a fossil it sees, fenngibbon.  For instance, it's popularly believed in some circles that the Greek myth of the Cyclops came from from seeing mammoth or mastodon skulls.  This was later confirmed when they actually found a "hero's grave" that contained a mammoth skull and various other large animal bones that were laid out in a human-like design.

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