Sea Monster cryptids are always interesting because we do not know what lurks in the depths of the sea. Just about the time science thinks they know it all, a new creature is reported or found. There is always the possibility of fantastic beasts swimming the sea to emmerge from time to time to astound maritime travelers. I have fished the oceans of the world, and I can attest to catching some sea creatures I have not been able to identify. You never know what will be at the other end of your line.
The Ayia Napa Sea Monster is a bit different from the other reported sea serpents. It is referred to by the local fishermen as the “To Filiko Teras” (The Friendly Monster). It has never been reported to be harmful or attacking the boats to sink the ships or eat the passengers. Although it has been reported to rip holes in the fishing nets or drag the nets away.
The cryptid is generally found along the coast of Ayia Napa of Cyprus in the Mediterranean Sea in the area of area known as Kokkinochoria Island. Some descriptions report it to be a crocodile or serpent like creature with a woman’s torso and serpent like body. Reports ancient Greeks add more intrigue by adding six snarling dog heads protruding from the midriff, each supported by two forelimbs.
The sea monster has become quite famous in the region and is a well known tourist attraction. It has been dubbed the "Cyprus Loch Ness" monster. The countless sightings and reports of the Creature from the Depths have appeared in t he local newspapers, and many claim it to be the mythical sea monster of Greek mythology called Scylla. The likeness of the creature is a popular design used in pottery, vases, bowls and paintings from both modern and ancient artists.
The creature eventually caught the attention of the local government. The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Affairs has determined the countless reports warrant further investigation. They have decided to attempt to capture the sea monster. The bait to lure the creature from the depths of the waters will be live chickens and raw meat. Authorities hope the capture of such a creature will be a boom to the tourist industry, and will build a facility to display the creature if and when it is caught.