A mythological and legendary marine animal that traditionally resembles an enormous snake.
Belief in huge creatures that inhabited the deep was widespread throughout the ancient world; sightings, especially those of a creature in Loch Ness in northern Scotland, have been the object of much investigation, all of which has been inconclusive.
Though tales of sea serpents have continued to exist throughout the centuries, no animal has been captured so far that has not proved to belong to a previously well-known group. One must also remember that the world's oceans have never been fully explored and it may be that lurking within their depths are giant serpents and other creatures as yet unknown to man.
It is also relevant to point out that every year unknown animals or animals that were thought extinct are discovered, but because most of these animals don't fall into the "monster" category, information about it only appears on scientific publications, instead of newspaper headlines or popular magazine articles. Conservative estimates put the number of species on Earth anywhere from 3 million to 10 million. Of these, only about a million and a half have been discovered. And the number of unknown species may be even more, if we take into consideration the diversity of life in our oceans depths.
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