“A Monster of the Vasty Deep”: The SF Sea Serpent Q&A Interview


Okay, I didn’t actually get to interview Frannie the San Francisco Sea Serpent herself. However, I DID have the pleasure of interviewing Friends of the Blog (FOBs) Bill and Bob Clark, the best-known Frannie witnesses and proprietors of the SF Sea Serpent, which chronicles their 1985 sighting of what the Los Angeles Herald called a “monster of the vasty deep” in an 1882 article. (Sea serpent fans will definitely want to check it out.)

Below is the Q&A about their legendary 1985 encounter. Many thanks to Bill and Bob for their participation!

Q: In addition to being so diligent about writing all the details of your first sighting of Frannie down, you also took the extra step of having your separate accounts notarized. Whose idea was it to take that extra step?

Bill and Bob: Bill thought of it so that we wouldn’t have to remember all the details for future reference and also as proof that we reported the sighting in 1985.

Q: How did the notary react?

Bill and Bob: She didn’t react one way or another. She didn’t read either of the accounts. We verbally told her what they said while she was signing them.

Q: Do you recommend that for anyone documenting their own paranormal sighting or encounter?

Bill and Bob: Yes. *Editor’s Note: I agree with the Clarks; you might get some funny looks from the Notary but I think it would lend credibility to your statement — which in turn would be helpful to organizations like MUFON, etc.

Q: What do you think Frannie is? Surviving relic from prehistoric times or as-yet-undiscovered new species?

Bill and Bob: We believe it’s both an as-yet-undiscovered new class of animal and a surviving relic from prehistoric times.

Q: In regard to Frannie’s appearance and behavior, what aspect did you find most unusual or unexpected? (Not that there’s anything expected about seeing a sea serpent.)

Bill and Bob: The way it could form the radical vertical folds in the upper portion of its body.

Mixtec-Aztec Breastplate image from SF Sea Serpent blog illustrating the way Frannie was able to fold her upper body behind her head. 

Q: How did you feel when marine biologist Forrest Wood (from the International Society of Cryptozoology) described Frannie as “an impossibility” after reading your submitted report? Especially as you gentlemen (and other witnesses dating back to the late 1800s) have seen her on multiple occasions?

Bill and Bob: That didn’t bother us at all because he was only saying based on all of the animal’s characteristics and movements, it was a scientific impossibility for it to be to any known class of animal not that we didn’t see what we saw.

Wood makes it clear that he believes we saw something unknown when he says: “The idea that they made up a story, individually typed accounts several pages long, prepared numerous drawings, and went to the trouble of having their reports notarized, all in order to perpetrate a hoax and gain publicity, strains credulity.”

Q: Are you still working on trying to catch further evidence of Frannie on film or video? 

Bill and Bob: Yes and we already have more video evidence.

So if you’re out San Francisco way, and  you see something weird and slimy in the bay, be sure to contact Bill and Bob so they can add your sighting to the growing number of reports on their site. And say “Hi” to Frannie for me!

Quote of the Day

“The Universe is not only stranger than we imagine, it is strange than we CAN imagine.”
– Sir Arthur Eddington, English Astronomer 1882-1944

Ancient aboriginal art depicting beings from the Milky Way: Nope, not creepy at ALL…

Top Ten UFO Sightings of 2014

Brought to you by the good people at OpenMinds.tv:


Happy New Years, everyone! Hope you have a very mysterious 2015. 👽


World’s Best Birthday Cake Created in Fort Worth, TX

So I was just kidding (okay, hoping) that the Loch Ness Monster would show up for my birthday. But — to my absolute joy and excitement — Nessie DID show up! And she brought Bigfoot with her! Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the BEST BIRTHDAY CAKE EVER MADE — the magnificent Bigfoot and Loch Ness Monster Cake! This gorgeous confectionary masterpiece was made for me by my BFF and legendary baker Marina R. (No joke, y’all. I almost cried when I saw.)


Best Cake

Oh, no big whoop. Just Sasquatch and the Loch Ness Monster kickin’ it. As they do. 


“Oh, aye… Biggie and I have been on the down-low for years now.” 


“The love that dare not speak its name…. or, as I like to call it: Nessin’ with Sasquatch.” 


One glorious final shot. 

In summary: They can just stop making birthday cakes from here on out, as the best one has clearly been made and there are no more heights to be reached.

Ghost-Hunting Web-Cams

Just in time for Halloween, check out a variety of spooky web-cams, including Ireland’s LepreCham, the live-stream VampCam (featuring adorable vampire bats), and the Gettysburg BattleCam, which scans the battlefield for Civil War spirits.

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Ghost selfie. 

Homer Simpson: Gourmand


Lights in the Sky: San Francisco Edition

Bay area residents were startled early Friday (09/13/14) morning to see a mysterious fireball shooting over the sky.  Multiple witnesses described the object as a white light with fog or smoke billowing out of it.

“I am used to seeing planes early in the morning with lights, but this was different,” said one bystander. “This had something coming out of it, it wasn’t just the light. I could see it spraying something.”

Witnesses in Nevada and Oregon also reported seeing the object. The U.S. Air Force confirmed that there were no missile launches from the closest base – Vandenberg A.F.B. – that morning.

Local astronomers reported that it was a meteorite. But that doesn’t explain the spraying. So what was this object and – more importantly – what was it spraying over a California town last week?


Glade’s marketing campaign for its new Moonlight Breeze scent has gone horribly awry.   

Fun Fact of the Day: RoboCop Trivia

Because the bottom half of the RoboCop suit was too bulky to fit into a squad car, every time you see RoboCop driving in the film, he’s not wearing pants.


I dropped my badge – could you help me find it, Miss? It’s shaped like a wrench.

Weirdo Book Club – American Monsters: A History of Monster Lore, Legends, and Sightings in America

I’m introducing a new feature to NFHIFW: book reviews. For weirdos*.

*And by weirdos, I mean people who like to read about Big Foot, UFOs, Nessie and Roswell and anything else that would intrigue Fox Mulder. In short, people like me. And clearly you, since you’re reading this blog.

First up on the Weirdo Bookshelf is American Monsters: A History of Monster Lore, Legends, and Sightings in America by Linda S. Godfrey. This book has it all: sea serpents, giant bats and monkey men. Godfrey covers the monsters of America from pre-Columbian times to modern-day sightings. Plus, check out the lifelike illustrations. (And by lifelike, I mean inadvertently hilarious.)

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A werewolf, an alien and Bigfoot walk into a bar…

UFO Spotted Over Houston?

So this happened last night in Houston.


Note to self: stock up on tin foil for hats. 

UFOs over Texas? I’m not saying it was aliens. I’m not saying it wasn’t aliens. However, I am saying – let the intergalactic record show – I am not into probe play. Thank you.