The Sea Serpent
Yes we've heard of Nessie the famous monster of Loch Ness and the Ogopogo who inhabits Okanagan Lake but there is one with no name spotted by both Voss and Luxton.
It was Luxton that first spotted the large fish or was it a mammal? Luxton describes as being longer than a sealing ship (about 70 feet) and the head stood high in the water, certainly higher than the waves at the time. It did not swim like a whale or dolphin but moved with ease through the water. It's head sat upon a very long neck and it was dark grey in color. Norman awoke Voss to find out what manner of creature it was but Voss was equally mystified. They spoke little of it and upon further research they found no reports of such a creature. Luxton later found a newspaper article on this same type creature that would wash up later on a California beach. The people who discovered it took pictures and contacted the Smithsonian to see if they would come and retrieve this strange creature which was now starting to rot on the beach. The Smithsonian were interested but showed no hurry to clean up the corpse. Itproduced quite a stench so the community then advised the museum they were going to simply push it back out to sea as the stench was too awful to leave it as it was. The newspaper pictures clearly show an animal with a head much like a horse but jaws more like a crocodile with a blowhole on top like a whale or dolphin. The body of the creature looks more like a giant eel with neither fins nor tail. This is why Luxton hesitated to say if it was fish or mammal as it was a cross between a dolphin and an eel.
It is believed now that these animals were native to the tropics but due to seismic disturbances and changes in ocean currents they were separated from the warm tropical waters and moved further north causing them to die out quite rapidly.
It is possible they may have seen an Oarfish (Regalecus glesne) or a Mega Mouth Shark. They are usually found in deep ocean (700-3000feet deep) but they occasionally come to shallow water. They have a snake-like body that can reach 50 feet or more.
Follow these links for pictures (certainly looks real enough).
Link 1- Smithsonian information
Link 2- Museum of Natural History- Florence, Italy
Link 3 - The Ogopogo of Kelowna, British Columbia
Link 4 - More on the Oarfish
* There was an Oarfish found on a Scotland beach in 1808 that was 56 feet long. It certainly seems believable in the middle of the ocean that they might grow to great lengths. I think this also explains the Loch Ness Monster and the Ogopogo, which certainly fit some of these descriptions.