There are many stories about the Loch Ness Monster, the Jeti, Bigfoot, Yeran, and many other large mysterious creatures that inhabit our Planet. They are rarely (or never) seen. But on our recent trip to the island of Ratonneau, off the coast of Marseille, we spotted the Boat-Eating Sea Dog. To our surprise no one else saw it. However, I was lucky enough to have a camera, and snatched a picture before it submerged, as a proof. I tried to look for references to this creature in Google and came up empty. By the way, the photo is not doctored or photoshopped in any shape or form.
You can clearly see the Sea Dog on the left ready to pounce on the small and defenseless boat on the right. With my binoculars I could see that the passengers were completely unaware of their present danger. I was too far for them to hear my cries of alert. There was nothing else we could do.
Before spotting the Sea Dog we saw other sights albeit more mundane. For instance on our way to the island of Ratonneau we stopped briefly on the island of If. It was here, at the Château d’If, where Edward Dantès was imprisoned, in Alexander Dumas’ The Count of Montecristo.
The island of Ratonneau is dominated by seagulls which have become a (colorful) nuisance.
After spotting the Sea Dog, the rest of the day seemed quite uneventful. On our 30-minute ferry ride back to Marseille, I captured a view of the Tour du Fanal and La Cathédrale Major.