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Lusca Sightings Have Blacktip Island Divers On Edge


A photo of the remains of a lusca that washed ashore at Eagle Ray Cove in 1972. (Blacktip Times file photo)

Multiple reports of a lusca—a large sea creature with tentacles and teeth blamed for attacks in the Bahamas—this week have Blacktip Island’s scuba divers, snorkelers and swimmers wary of entering the water, island authorities said.

“Treated this as a hoax at first, but enough people say they’ve seen it, we got to take it seriously,” Island Police Constable Rafe Marquette said. “It’s basically a shark with tentacles, or an octopus with teeth, depending on who’s describing it, about 20 feet long.

“We’re telling folks to use their best judgement about going in the sea,” Marquette said. “No lusca attacks on record, but anything that big and that toothy, you got to be mindful of it. Can’t guarantee folks’ safety.”

Long-time locals say the threat is real.

“Been a while since a lusca’s come into the shallows,” local cryptozoologist Antonio Fletcher said. “Live way down the wall, under the island. That’s what gets divers who go too deep. Coming close to shore like this, it’s looking for food.  Or a host for its eggs. Divers’re right to be afraid. They’re the low-hanging fruit out there.

“Last month, couple of snorkelers had something grab ‘em. Came out of the water with suction-cup marks on their legs,” Fletcher said. “I warned folks then, but just got laughed off. This’s happened before, y’know. Got a photo from the ‘70s. And university studies confirmed it.”

Scientists disputed the claims.

“There’s no studies from this university confirming luscas, or any other sea monster,” Tiperon University-Blacktip marine biology professor Ernesto Mojarra said. “There’s zero evidence of such a cryptid’s existence other than a blurry photo of some unidentified blob on the beach from 50 years ago. Cramps and sunburn are threats to swimmers. A shark-to-pus, not so much.”

Divers remain wary.

“Fishermen see them all the time,” Chrissy Graysby said. “These sightings keep happening. I’m not going near the water ‘til somebody whacks this thing. Just last week it attacked a diver—he shoved his camera at it for defense, and it snatched the camera and swam away. Otherwise we’d have photos and video.”

Other locals suspect the sightings are part of a hoax.

“Dude, Payne Hanover has that giant octopus costume from his ‘Under the Sea’ beach party last year,” Alison Diesel said. “It’s right up his alley to prank people like this. Until somebody proves me wrong, I’m not buying it.”

Fletcher, meanwhile, is taking no chances.

“This thing’s dangerous,” he said. “It coming into the shallows, alarm bells should be flashing. We got to do something. Me, I go out in the afternoons, throw frozen pizzas and chicken strips into the sea. Ol’ lusca eats those, its arteries’ll clog and that’ll be the end of it.”

Payne Hanover denied possession of any costumes, octopus or otherwise.

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New ‘Blessie’ The Booby-Pond Monster Sightings Rattle Blacktip Islanders

Blessie the monster

A police artist’s drawing of the creature divemaster Lee Helm claims to have seen in Blacktip Island’s booby pond Wednesday morning. (illustration courtesy of Faustian Fantasy)

Sightings this week of ‘Blessie,’ a large aquatic creature purported to live in Blacktip Island’s landlocked booby pond, have island residents on edge, island authorities say.

“Past few days there’s been multiple reports of a large creature in and around the booby pond,” Island Police Constable Rafe Marquette. “Blessie sightings are nothing new. Difference is, this time it’s sober people who’re seeing her. That has folks scared. And keeping an eye on their pets and children.

“Started with Lee Helm seeing something splashing way out in the pond,” Marquette said. “Then Rocky Shore saw something crawling out onto the mud, and last night Ernestine Bass almost ran into some big animal with her car. There’s evidence something’s out there, but not precisely what. And how dangerous it is.”

Residents are divided over what the creature is.

“There’s been tales about Blessie for years,” Antonio Fletcher said. “Looks like a big log, but with a long neck. Grampa almost caught her once with a cast net. Figure she’s a dinosaur that survived. Got one like that in Scotland. Why not here?”

Others had different descriptions.

“Folks say she’s a manatee or a giant salamander,” Wade Soote said. “That just proves whatever Blessie is, she can change her appearance. Nobody knows how deep that pond is, or if it has an outlet to the sea. Most likely, she eats fish out there, then comes back to the warm pond to rest. Only a matter of time before she runs out of fish and switches to people.”

Local scientists refuted the claims.

“That shallow pond won’t support any creature that large,” Marine Parks spokesperson Val Schrader said. “Something that big would have an obvious environmental impact. What does it eat and where does it poop?

“The Booby Pond Monster’s a charming wives’ tale passed down through generations, but she has no biological basis,” Schrader said. “Blessie looks like a log because she is a log. Seen by people who’ve been drinking. Or what have you.”

Eye witnesses stuck to their claims.

“I saw Blessie, plain as day, on my way to work in the morning,” divemaster Lee Helm said. “I reckon she’s the last of the Caribbean fur seals, hiding out in the pond. All the poop and stink in that pond, you think it’s all from birds?”

Fletcher concurred.

“Blessie’s out there, folks just scared to admit it,” he said. “You can find Blessie teeth and scales by the pond all the time. they just look like rocks. But she’s not dangerous—never been a verified attack on people or scuba divers. Only a threat to pets and feral chickens. And small children.”

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Blacktip Island Divers Encounter Kraken During Night Dive

A photo of the creature  Blacktip Island night divers claim was a juvenile kraken responsible for attacking them Wednesday night. (photo courtesy of Richard Zerpe)

Scuba divers off Blacktip Island’s Diddley’s Landing public pier Wednesday night claim to have encountered a kraken, a giant, squid-like creature long thought a legend.

“There’s been stories of krakens in the deep water off that coast, but nobody really believed them,” Angela Fisher said. “But that night, during the dive, a couple of us felt something squishy grabbing at our legs. Then, right by the pier, this big squid-thing appeared out of nowhere, all tentacles flailing and beak snapping.

“Joey Pompano pulled out his knife, and me and Alison Diesel purged our alternate airs at it,” Fisher said. “It freaked at the bubbles and inked, and we dragged ourselves up the pier steps quick-like-the-bunny. Scariest thing that ever happened to me on a dive.”

Divers say the creature matched what they know of kraken.

“It was textbook kraken, just smaller and more skittish,” Alison Diesel said. “It must’ve just hatched out. That’s why it was so small. And why no one’s seen it before. And why it spooked so quick. It had to have been behind us during the dive, testing us with its tentacles. Then it went full-Cthulhu when it realized we were getting out.

“I it’ll learn as it grows. That’s the scary part,” Diesel said. “Before long before it won’t b safe to dive on Blacktip. And it’ll go after boats, too. This is way-spooky stuff.”

Some on the island, however, questioned the sighting.

“A kraken? Crack of their butts is more like it,” Tiperon University-Blacktip marine biology professor Ernesto Mojarra said. “If there were a giant squid, and if one were on the reef, there’d be no fish left. And this was a night dive. They probably just saw some reef squid or an octopus.

“And knowing that bunch, they’d been smoking God-knows-what before they jumped in the water,” Mojarra added. “Tentacles brushing their legs? That was probably them kicking the hell out of sea plumes.”

The divers defended their claims.

“I know octopus, and that was no octopus,” Pompano said. “It charged us. Eyes flashing. I could see the beak snapping two, three feet in front of my face. It was like that scene from ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.’

“We reckon it just got here, that’s why no one else’s seen it,” Pomano said. “We got lucky. What if purging a reg doesn’t scare it off next time?”

Several dive resorts plan to capitalize on the sighting once tourists return to the island.

“Sure, there’s no such thing as a kraken and divers are safe on our reefs,” island mayor Jack Cobia said. “But Eagle Ray Cove’s gonna run special Kraken dive charters. For an upcharge, of course. And Finn down at Club Scuba Doo, he sent off a proposal for a Kraken Diver specialty course. He’s just waiting for approval.

“God bless Angela and those knuckleheads,” Cobia said. “When tourists come back, we’re gonna make up for lost time. And income.”

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