The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has issues a Level 4 warning on the West Coast of America and Canada warning swimmers and boaters to stay out of the water
WCNN - Reporter
August 26, 2014
The Giant Sea Leech was once an endangered, feared extinct, creature that crawled along the murky floors of the Puget Sound, and Northern Pacific. The Giant Sea Leech can reach sizes in excess of 15 feet and 400 lbs. Much like the Giant Squid, the Giant Leech is hard to capture on film, and only one has been caught. That one alleged catch was in 1919 off the waters near Sequim, WA and only one photograph remains. many experts agree that the photo is fake, but there is no way to verify if it is or not.
"Several boats have washed into local waters with missing captains or crew, and several hikers have not yet returned from ocean-side trails." Said Bill Wankerts, a fishery biologist at NOAA Fisheries', Newport, Oregon, research station. Grey's Harbor County, Island County, Clallam County, Kitsap, Mason, and Pacific Counties have all issued a "Closed Water Act" banning the use of marinas and boats, as well as the launching, living, or maintenance of boats, with an added addendum that no one can swim, fish, or use trails/parks near seawater.
"The potential for the loss of life and the threat to the community is too high to let citizens enjoy their rightful park lands and public water ways" says Clallam County Sheriff Ned Nerdson. "Although we have no data or information to back these judgments, or even affirmative proof the Giant Leech is in the water, we thought it best to enforce a no-use policy to avoid any potential lawsuits."
He also asked that we omit his last statement, but we decided not too. He added toward the end of our interview: "[and] god help us if the first person to die to a leech were black - we would have riots in the streets!"
NOAA, local Sheriffs departments, nor any chartered research vessels have been able to locate any sign of Giant Sea Leech thus far in the waters around Washington or Oregon, but they insist that the problem exists and they are imploring other counties to the east to issue the same no-use orders between the Canadian boarder and Olympia.
More updates to come as all attention remains on the Puget Sound and coastal regions in hopes of capturing a Giant Sea Leech on camera.