Moo spotting, 1915.

A SEA SNAKE FOUND ON THE KOOLAU SIDE

According to many of this town who went to go see a moo found in the ocean one of the days last week for themselves, it was indeed a moo and not an eel, for it looked like a snake [moo nahesa], but the only difference was that it was a moo that lived in the ocean.

The length of this moo was thirty inches long; it had a colorful body with stripes near its tail; its head was like a snake seen in foreign lands on shore.

The moo was caught for four days when it was seen by the people who went to go see it, and land and ocean was all the same to it.

When the sea snake [moo kai] was released into the water, it dove down and after a full twenty-five minutes it came back up to breathe and started down again into the water.

According to the one who caught the moo kai, the people of that place were shocked because that was the first time they saw a moo kai.

According to Professor Bryan, this is the second time a moo kai was found in the ocean of Hawaii nei; the place where many of these kinds of snakes are found are in the north of the tropics [poai wela] and at times to the south of the tropics, and it is believed that because of the strength of the storm that it reached places in Hawaii nei.

(Kuokoa, 12/31/1915, p. 4)

LOAA HE MOO KAI MA KA HULI KOOLAU

Ka Nupepa Kuokoa, Buke LIII, Helu 53, Aoao 4. Dekemaba 31, 1915.

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