Posted by: cryptocarolyn | April 1, 2009

Sea Serpent Protection in the U.S.

There are at least three state laws directed at protecting local sea monsters. Does this mean they exist? It may mean there is enough evidence to suggest they do — or at least not enough evidence to prove they do not. So these statutes are meant to protect them and their habitats….just in case.Critics say that cryptid protection statutes are just a way to draw tourist dollars. Yet, these places also have long histories of repeated sightings. What do you think?

Arkansas – White River Monster Protection

In 1973 state Senator Robert Harvey introduced a bill to help protect “Whitey” the White River Monster, whose initial sightings date back to the early twentieth century. Arkansas passed a resolution creating the White River Monster Refuge and making it illegal to “molest, kill, trample, or harm the White River Monster while he is in the retreat.”

Vermont and New York – Champ

Champ sightings started in the Lake Champlain region in the early nineteenth century and have continued to the present day. Some eyewitnesses have reported baby Champs over the past couple decades, suggesting there may even be a breeding population of sea monsters.

In 1982, Vermont’s House of Representatives passed a resolution protecting Champ “from any willful act resulting in death, injury or harassment.” Also in 1982, New York’s State Assembly and Senate both passed resolutions protecting Champ. I have read multiple online posts, but not been able to verify, that Port Henry, New York declared their port waters a Champ “safe haven.” Can anyone verify the latter?

What do you think?

More on Cryptid Protection:

Mental Floss Blog:


More on the White River Monster

The Ghosts of Arkansas:

The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture: White River Monster:

More on Champ

The Lake Champlain Land Trust:



  1. The page:

    references Joseph Zarzinsky having introduced a resolution to protect Champ in 1982 to the Vermont House of Representatives and the New York State Senate.

    The source of the quote is from: “The Field Guide to North American Monsters” by Blackman

  2. Very interesting.

  3. Great site this and I am really pleased to see you have what I am actually looking for here and this this post is exactly what I am interested in. I shall be pleased to become a regular visitor 🙂

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