The animal is named after the German submarine whose crew saw it after it collided with a British ship
* In times of war things happen that many cannot explain and that have remained unanswered mysteries.
It is not surprising that during the War areas that have not been explored are traveled and unexpected things can arise. This is the mysterious case of a German submarine that during World War I sighted what appeared to be a sea monster.
The case has been documented over and over again.
What happened was something that even today cannot be clearly explained.
On July 30, 1915, the German submarine U-28 torpedoed the British steamer Ibérica in the North Sea.
The Iberian sank quickly but after about 25 seconds of being completely buried by the waves, its remains exploded underwater, throwing the remains of the ship to the surface along with a completely unknown marine creature that flew about 30 meters into the air.
Commanding Captain Georg Freiherr-Günther von Forstner described the creature as “a crocodile about 20 meters long, with four large leg-like limbs, a long, pointed tail, and an enormous pointed head”; he added that its legs ended in flippers.
The captain assured that the monster would measure about 20 meters long.
Captain Georg Freiherr-Günther von Forstner
Von Forstner explained that the monster appeared to be injured and dying from the explosion and writhed pitifully, floating on its back for about 5 seconds, after which it sank.
Rendering of Creature U-28
The Captain regretted not being able to photograph the beast, however he said he did not hesitate to add it to his report and recount his experiences despite the fact that no one believed him and his crew.
The story of the encounter was first published in the Deutsche Allgemeine Zeitung in 1933 by von Forstner himself; Following this, another German submarine captain named Werner Lowisch published his own testimony assuring that on July 28, 1918 at around 10 pm in the North Sea, he, along with another member of the U-109 crew, saw in the sea a being very similar to the one described by Von Forstner but it measured about 50 meters in length.56
There is a theory that it is a prehistoric species of crocodile that lives in salt water, according to the expert on the subject, Bernard Heuvelmans, as he assured, it is one of the most reliable sightings in history.
There is also a theory that Captain Von Forstner simply made the story up for various compelling reasons. Firstly, because, although he said that the other seven members of his crew had also seen the monster, six of them died in the war before declaring and the last man was the submarine’s cook, Robert Maas, who never wanted to talk about it. issue.
However, a few years ago the discovery of a German UB-85 submarine that would have been sunk in the area “by a sea monster” more or less 100 years ago came to light.
A sea monster, its crew said, was responsible for the sinking of the German submarine UB-85 in the Irish Sea.
* The German submarine that sank almost 100 years ago was discovered by engineers laying power cables in the Irish Sea.
* Sonar images showed the wreckage of a largely intact World War I submarine near a Scottish coastal town called Stranraer.
Based on official records, some experts believe it could be UB-85, a submarine sunk in 1918 by a Royal Navy ship called HMS Coreopsis.
However, “underwater records” suggest that a sea monster may have attacked it.
A submarine sunk to the bottom of the sea (almost intact) by artillery warship attack?
Could it be that he sank into fear? How is that possible?
Apparently, the entire crew of the submarine abandoned the ship due to a “monster attack”.
Once on board HMS Coreopsis, Captain Krech (commander in charge of the submarine) described the fatal encounter.
It is said that he spoke of a beast “with large eyes set deep in a strange skull and with teeth that could be seen shining in the moonlight.”
Apparently, he claimed that the submarine was so damaged after its battle with the “monster”, that it was unable to submerge again.
HMS Coreopsis found UB-85, 45 meters long, floating on the surface.
Dr. Innes McCartney, a marine historian and archaeologist who helped identify the wreckage, believes the recent find could help solve the mystery surrounding UB-85.
Captain Krech described the UB-85’s battle against “a sea monster” aboard the British ship HMS Coreopsis.
“There are known to be at least 12 British and German submarines sunk in the waters of the Irish Sea. Potentially, there could be others whose exact area of the wreck remains a mystery.”
According to McCartney, the characteristics of the ship (which has remained almost intact) correspond to those of a German UBIII type submarine.
Of this class of submarines, two “disappeared in that area: the most famous UB-85 and its brother UB-82.”
The remains found may belong to either of the two, explains the historian.
The historic discovery was made by engineers working on a project to lay a 385-kilometre-long cable that will carry renewable energy from Scotland to England and Wales.
“It would be virtually impossible to tell them apart, apart from the numbers that identified them while they were on duty.”
Those numbers were obviously erased from the cover. Unless a diver can find some identification, it cannot be determined with complete certainty.
“But yes, we are certainly close to solving the so-called ‘UB-85 mystery’ and the cause of its sinking, whether it is a common mechanical failure or something less explainable,” argued the marine archaeologist.
However, for Gary Campbell, responsible for the Official Loch Ness Monster Sighting Register (Scotland): “It is very possible that a large marine creature has disabled the submarine.” Campbell cites as an example the report submitted by the captain of another British ship, HMS Hilary. The report “makes it clear that sailors at the time were well aware of the existence of large sea monsters that could damage their ships.”
Apparently, the area where the attack took place has a reputation for monster sightings. “What the German captain saw could well be true,” concludes Campbell.
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Meanwhile, McCartney disagrees: “I don’t think it was a sea monster. I like the idea of Nessie making a small contribution during the war, but the real monster was the submarine.”
And well, whoever the monster is, the mystery will continue until an official version is found, either through a medium or any scientific advance.