Welcome to my list of books and films about sea serpents and other water monsters. Scroll down the page to skip past the nonfiction books and look at documentaries, novels and fictional movies about these monsters.

The Enigma of Loch Ness: Making Sense of a Mystery by Henry H. Bauer. A careful examination of sightings from a scientific perspective, this is a book with a lot of detail for serious students of cryptozoology. Cadborosaurus: Survivor from the Deep by Paul H. Leblond and Edward L. Bousfield. The only book devoted entirely to the Pacific sea serpent known as Caddy. Contains a history, sighting reports and photos.
The Loch Ness Monster: The Evidence by Steuart Campbell. This is the most skeptical of the Loch Ness monster debunking books. Do not expect a fair hearing for both sides. The Field Guide to Lake Monsters, Sea Serpents, and Other Mystery Denizens of the Deep by Loren Coleman and Patrick Huyghe. This is THE encyclopedia of cryptozoological animals that might live in the world's oceans, lakes and rivers. Includes typical water dwellers of the classic "sea serpent" shape along with other beings such as giant beavers.
The Book of Sea Monsters by Nigel Suckling & Bob Eggleton. This is mostly a collection of great fantasy artwork. The text covers only the most basic information about lake monsters and sea serpents. This is a coffee-table art book for casual browsing. Monsters of the Sea: The Truth about the Loch Ness Monster, the Giant Squid, Sea Serpents, Mermaids, and Other Fantastic Creatures of the Deep by Richard Ellis. This covers many subjects, from ancient mythology about mermaids to the "globsters" that puzzle modern scientists (rotten giant carcasses that cannot be identified as a known species).
The Search for the Giant Squid by Richard Ellis. Known as the kraken to old-time sailors, the giant squid was once placed in the same category as the sea serpent. No scientific observer has ever seen a live giant squid, despite much research. There are only a few dead bodies, and evidence suggests that these may represent smaller individuals. Champ Quest 2000 : The Ultimate Search Field Guide & Almanac for Lake Champlain by Dennis Jay Hall. Thirty years of research & sightings of this famous lake monster, including maps and suggested days for best viewing.
Sea Serpents & Lake Monsters of the British Isles by Paul Harrison. Sightings of sea monsters and unknown lake creatures such as Nessie, from in and around the United Kingdom. In the Domain of the Lake Monsters by John Kirk. An examination of lake monster reports in general, set within the context of one man's search for Ogopogo.
Outside and Inside Giant Squid by Sandra Markle. A high-quality kids' book about the Giant Squid, with photos and illustrations. Chased by Sea Monsters: Prehistoric Predators of the Deep by Nigel Marven & Jasper James. This picture-heavy book contains many presumably extinct animals that are excellent candidates for the sea monsters that are sighted in our oceans today.
The Great New England Sea Serpent: An Account of Unknown Creatures Sighted by Many Respectable Persons Between 1638 and the Present Day by J. P. O'Neill. The title says it all. This is a very comprehensive look at numerous sightings in an important area. Megalodon: Hunting the Hunter by Mark Renz. This is an excellent history of the presumably extinct giant sharks called Megalodons, from when they first appeared in the fossil record to today's disputed sightings. It is heavy in illustrations and is very readable in tone.
America's Loch Ness Monsters by Philip L. Rife. A dry but thorough account of lake monsters and sea serpents seen in American waters. Haunted Lakes: Great Lakes Ghost Stories, Superstitions and Sea Serpents by Frederick Stonehouse. A collection of legends about the great lakes area, including sea serpents.

NOVA: The Beast of Loch Ness (VHS) A surprisingly evenhanded look at the Loch Ness monster, this film follows an expedition launched by two famous researchers. Loch Ness Discovered (DVD) Arguing that Loch Ness is scientifically interesting with or without the monster, this film looks at the Loch in general.

Meg : A Novel of Deep Terror by Steve Alten. A paleontologist discovers giant sharks of the species Carcharodon megalodon dwelling in a deep ocean trench. One Megalodon shark gets dislodged from this habitat and begins terrorizing people at the surface. The Trench by Steve Alten. The daughter of the giant Megalodon shark from the first novel imitates her mother's habits, rising to the surface and feeding on people. The same hero from the first novel must save the day again, but this time terrorists in secret submarines are involved too.
MEG: Primal Waters by Steve Alten. The third book in the Meg trilogy. The aging hero of the first two novels signs on for a reality TV show and runs into more Megalodon sharks, but it seems that more than chance was involved in this. Someone is planning to use the Megalodon sharks for revenge. Lake Monsters: A Novel by Joseph A. Citro. One man searches for a lake monster in an isolated region of Vermont. The local people are quirky and more threatening than the monster itself.
Quest for Megalodon by Tom Dade. A faddish book trying to imitate Steve Alten's MEG. The Witches of Sea-Dragon Bay by Sandra Forrester & Nancy Lane. In this young adult novel, a girl must travel to a beach resort where many sea serpents lurk in order to lift a curse.
Clickers by J. F. Gonzalez. This horror novel in the "splatterpunk" genre is about giant crabs coming out of the ocean and terrorizing a small village in Maine. Eventually, reptoids enter the picture too. The Changeling Sea by Patricia A. McKillip. A hopeful would-be witch tries to curse the sea for taking her father away, but instead she attracts a sea dragon.
The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove by Christopher Moore. A humorous sea monster novel, so silly that only Christopher Moore could write it. The crazy weirdos of Pine Cove, California must cope with the lust lizard who rises from his slumber in the deep sea. Naitaka by Lee Murphy. A cryptozoologist investigates the lake monster named Naitaka (more commonly known as Ogopogo) that is supposed to inhabit Lake Okanagan in Canada.
Summer of the Sea Serpent by Mary Pope Osborne. Two kids are sent on a mission by Merlin the wizard, and must confront a giant sea serpent. Extinct by Charles Wilson. As a Megalodon shark terrorizes swimmers, investigators close in on its true identity. This novel is generally classified as a lesser imitation of the famous Steve Alten series about Megalodon sharks.
The Globster of Glassy Beach by Louise Ulmer. To cryptozoologists, "globster" is the official term for any carcass that washes up on a beach and is hard to identify as any known species (thus, they get fingered as sea monsters). This children's book tells about a boy who discovers a globster. Loch: A Novel by Paul Zindel. Loch and his sister Zaidee have always followed their cryptozoologist father on expeditions. This time, they are looking for plesiosaurs in a Vermont Lake.

The Beast (VHS) Created by the writer of Jaws, this movie is about New England fishermen battling a giant squid. Beneath Loch Ness (DVD) When a scientist who was researching the Loch Ness monster is killed, another scientist comes to investigate the death and ends up in danger from the monster too.
The Crater Lake Monster (DVD) Sightings of a lake monster are somehow triggered by a meteor crash. This is NOT the famous Crater Lake in Oregon. Creature from the Black Lagoon (DVD) One of the true classics from the golden era of Hollywood horror, when everything was based on tension, atmosphere and plot instead of buckets of blood being thrown at the screen. A fish-man in the Amazon Rainforest strands a research team in the jungle, as he attempts to get at a human woman. Based on folklore of the South American gillman.
Creature from the Black Lagoon - The Legacy Collection (DVD) This edition for collectors contains the original classic film Creature from the Black Lagoon plus two sequels to it, Revenge of the Creature and The Creature Walks Among Us. All three films have been remastered and the disk includes special features such as commentary. Dagon (DVD) An adaptation of H. P. Lovecraft's most famous story, with fish-people and a sea monster.
Deep Rising (DVD) A luxury ship is attacked by a sea monster. Con artists and thieves are the only ones that are left alive to battle the creature. Humanoids from the Deep (DVD) A deliberately gross Roger Corman film about fish-people who want human women. Made in 1980, it is an imitation of much older films, except for the explicit parts.
Incident at Loch Ness (DVD) This pseudo-documentary imitates the style of The Blair Witch Project, but unlike most pretenders it does not flop. It is getting pretty good reviews. It Came from Beneath the Sea (DVD) In this 1955 film, a giant octopus attacks San Francisco. However, it only has six arms.
Loch Ness (DVD) An American scientist falls in love with a Scottish woman while he investigates, and discovers, the monsters of Loch Ness. A movie for the whole family. Megalodon (DVD) The presumably extinct Megalodon shark is released from an underwater cave because an oil company is drilling on the ocean bottom.
Octopus (DVD) A giant octopus attacks a submarine that is carrying a terrorist. Then the octopus attacks an oceanliner. Scooby-Doo and the Loch Ness Monster (DVD) Scooby-Doo and his friends travel to Scotland to solve the mystery of the Loch Ness monster.
Secret of the Loch (VHS) This is probably the first movie ever made about the Loch Ness monster. Don't expect greatness. For fans of early movies only. Shark Attack 3: Megalodon (DVD) A giant shark of a species that is supposed to be extinct shows up at a Mexican resort town and starts eating everybody. A delightfully cheesy treat for fans of bad movies.

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