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100 Years of Montauk Monsters

Last summer's Montauk Monster was not the first time (nor the last time, we assume) that strange things have washed ashore on the East End. This week's East Hampton Star celebrates the 100th anniversary of the first monster to visit the Hamptons, a 22 foot long 'sea serpent' found in fisherman John Barre's trap off Montauk in July 1909. Quoting a now 100-year old Star article, the paper reports that Barre thought that "people are making more money out of it than he [wa]s, and so he has placed the serpent up in the garret of his house and now anybody who wants to see it or take pictures of it must pay his price." 'The figure quoted for taking pictures of it was $25.' Touché. [EH Star]