Sunday, May 20, 2007

The Living Intestine, Part Two

I think I may have figured out the identity of that mysterious winding sea monster we saw in the YouTube clip I posted a few days back.

The Ayakashi
Common in the Sea of Japan, the ayakashi is an enormous eel-like creature, not very big around but said to be several thousand meters in length. It sometimes will travel straight over a small boat in an arc, and it is so long that it takes two or three days to finish. In the meantime the men aboard the boat are thoroughly occupied, bailing out the abundant sheets of oil that spill from the ayakashi's body.
For whatever reason, I find the idea of a monster that long, constantly filling some poor guy's boat with water inherently hilarious.

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