Creatures of a Rhode Island Halloween: The Sakonnet Sea Monster
Trick-or-treaters of the East Bay should be forewarned about getting too near the shore, lest they come face-to-face with the Sakonnet Sea Monster. The August 1, 2002 edition of the Fall River Herald News describes a recent encounter…
A fun-filled day of swimming and fishing for one local group of friends and family turned into a nightmare that most only witness in the movies.
Fall River residents Dennis Vasconcellos, Rachel Carney, Joey Mailloux, Tracy Roberts, a young child and another woman were at Teddy’s Beach in the Island Park section of Portsmouth Tuesday afternoon when things got a little scary.
Half the group was fishing, while the other half were either swimming or playing in the sand. But what seemed to be the perfect summer afternoon got turned upside down the moment Vasconcellos heard his fiancé, Carney, scream.
Carney was screaming for help, yelling that something was after her. An unknown ominous sea creature seemed to be toying with Carney, who was swimming beyond the “Danger” sign posted at the quiet beach.
The sea creature — described as being about 15-feet long, with four-inch teeth, greenish-black skin and a white belly — was swimming around Carney and popping its head out of the water to expose its teeth and hiss in a manner that could not soon be forgotten, Carney said.
“I was deep out in the water and kept hearing this hissing sound. Then I saw its head come up showing me its big teeth,” Carney said. “It kept rolling while it was swimming and knocking into my feet. I just froze.”
In the meantime, Vasconcellos said he swam out to her aide and just grabbed her from the backside and told her “don’t look back”…