Caddy, although sounding like the name of one individual creature is actually a term used to describe a whole species of unknown animal thought to dwell in the Pacific Ocean. The scientific name for Caddy is Cadborosaurus Willsi, derived from Cadboro Bay in Victoria, British Columbia, and the Greek root word "sauros" meaning lizard or reptile. The name was given to the creature by Archie Wills, editor of the victorian times, who in 1933, began to promote Caddy as a local mascot and sponsored a “name the monster” contest in which Cadborosaurus Willsi was selected as the winner. Documented sightings of the Caddy have remained relativly constant over the years, the majority of eye witnesses described the creature as being a long, serpent like creature with a head shapped like that of a horse or a camel, flippers, hair along its neck and is reported to be anywhere between 15 to 70 feet in length. The existence of the creature known as Caddy has been part of the Chinook Indian tribe’s legends for hundreds of years before the first documented sightints by westerners in the mid 1920’s.
In 1933 a victorian lawyer and his wife, while sailing on their yatch, reported seeing the the couple described as “a horrible serpent with the head of a camel.” A simliar sighting was described one year later, in 1934, when two members of the Provincial Government reported seeing the creature. Later that same year two fisherman reported seeing two “monsters” in Cadboro Bay. The fisherman claimed that one of the creatures was almost 60 feet in length and the other was about half that size. Through out the 1930’s and into the 1950’s sightings of Caddy continued to be reported. On February 13th 1953 ten people reported seeing Caddy, all ten people witnessed the same event from different locations, and not one description of the beast contradicted the other. Steady sightings continued into the 1980’s when the there was a considerable drop in reported encounters with the creature, however in 1996 there were over a dozen reported sightings of Caddy and, in June 1997, Caddy was spotted in a much publicized encounter when one surfaced near Desolation Sound, in the middle of Vancouver Island's east coast. Caddy not only leaves eye witness confused and questioning their own eyes, it also leaves corpses!
On October 4th 1936 the corpse of a large, still unknown, creature washed ashore at Camp Forcom, although it’s not known what became of the corpse, a photo was taken before it disappeared. In 1947 near Effingham, Vancouver Island, a corpse of an unknown creature measuring more than 40 feet in length was discovered. As with most large unidentifiable carcasses, the Effingham corpse was attributed to a decaying basking shark, however unlike most carcasses of this nature the number of vertebrae was counted. A basking shark has 105 to 115 vertebrae, but this carcass had 145. This is especially note worthy as a portion of the creature was left in the water, meaning this carcass has for more vertebrae and was a good 10 feet longer than most basking sharks. One of the strangest events involving the proposed corpse of Caddy took place in October of 1937. The Naden Harbor whaling station, located in Vancouver, Canada had just recently killed a sperm whale, while removing the stomach contents they came across a twenty foot long carcass of an unidentifiable creature. The carcass was described as having a head like a horse, a serpentine like body and a finned spiny tail. Although it is not certain what happened to the remains, photos of the carcass where taken and to this day no scientist can identify the creature in the photograph.
Although no one can be sure what Caddy really is, some researchers believe that it is a Zeuglodon, an ancient whale species now thought to be extinct. Eye witness reports indicate that Caddy is a long, slender mammal with a bifurcated tail, these reports do not support the Zeuglodon theory, a Zeuglodon, or Basilosaurus, head is more like that of a snakes where as reports of Caddy all seem to state it has the head of a horse. Some believe that Caddy is a distant relative of the Zeuglodon, which would explain both the similarities of the creature and the differences. Unfortunately until another carcass is discovered, or a live creature captured, the true identity of Caddy will remain a mystery.
Other than hundreds of eye witness reports and several black and white photo’s of what are believed to be the carcasses of Caddy, no physical evidence exists to support the existence of this mysterious creature.
• August 1932, F.W. Kemp, an official at the Provincial Library of Victoria, reported seeing the creature.
• 1933, a Victorian Lawyer and his wife spot what they describe as a “horrible serpent with the head of a camel” while sailing their yacht.
• 1933, Major W.H. Langley, a clerk of the British Columbia Legislative Assembly and a well-known barrister and armature marine biologist, also glimpsed the creature.
• 1934, two members of the Provincial Government reported seeing the creature.
• 1934, fisherman reported seeing two “monsters” in Cadboro Bay. The fisherman claimed that one of the creatures was almost 60 feet in length and the other was about half that size.
• Judge James Thomas Brown, who had spent over thirty years as the highly respected Chief Justice of the King's Bench in Saskatchewan, observed Caddy from a distance of less than 150 yards.
• 1996, over a dozen separate sightings where reported.
• 1997, Caddy was spotted in a much publicized encounter when it surfaced near Desolation Sound, in the middle of Vancouver Island's east coast.
The Stats – (Where applicable)
• Classification: Unknown
• Size: Between 15 and 70 feet in length
• Weight: Unknown
• Diet: A combination of fish and kelp
• Location: Northern Pacific Ocean, mainly off the coast of Canada
• Movement: Swimming
• Environment: Colder Coastal Waters