Coosa River Sea Serpent

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The Coosa River is a hotspot for sea serpent sightings and reports of something odd inhabiting the river have been made for over a hundred years.

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Coosa River
Gadsden, Alabama
United States

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33.966768692316876, -85.97896957187913
Etowah County, Alabama
Nearest Towns:
Glencoe, AL (2.7 mi.)
Gadsden, AL (3.6 mi.)
Rainbow City, AL (3.7 mi.)
Southside, AL (3.8 mi.)
Edwardsville, AL (5.8 mi.)
Hokes Bluff, AL (6.8 mi.)
Attalla, AL (7.3 mi.)
Reece City, AL (7.9 mi.)
Anderson, AL (7.9 mi.)
Lester, AL (8.4 mi.)


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  1. I live near here and have seen SOMETHING long out there…sat and watched it for a little while. No idea what it could be. Haunted? no. But intriguing

  2. We have some Alligator Gar in the Coosa. They are freaky looking, no doubt. I have often wondered what secrets the Coosa holds in her depths. Some old cars, for sure. A busted piano, probably. A couple of missing yet never found unfortunates, maybe. Sea serpents I doubt.

  3. There’s actual alligators in the coosa, believe it or not. There was one dried up on the bank a few weeks ago, and was practically sun bleached from being out there for a while. But, in fact, dead. I wouldn’t be suprised if there was some radioactive creature in there though. Since its red neck hell, I’ve over heard people saying how they’d kill deer and dump the gutted bodies out there, and there’s so much pollutant that it’s practically dangerous to swim in. I swam in it once when I was little and it felt like I was stepping in vomit the whole time.

  4. i may purchase a house at 2267 james dr southside al. the hisory of the house is incomplete and it i think it is sold often. if you know anything about this property please comment. it is only steps from the coosa river

  5. Jahna Cranford  |  

    Christmas 2014 we had a RV spot rented at the River Country Campground for a week, right on the Coosa River in Gadsden. One evening, while standing at the edge of the water, me, my husband & father in law saw an enormous snake like creature. It had 3 large humps sticking up out of the water and then its tail hit the top of the water and made a huge splash. We never saw it’s head & never saw it again. It absolutely terrified me because of the size of what I saw & how big the splash was!

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