The Canvey Island Monster - The Canvey Island Monster is the name given to an unusual creature that washed up on the shores of Canvey Island, England, in November, 1953. A second carcass was discovered in August, 1954. The 1953 specimen was described as being 2.4ft long with thick reddish brown skin, bulging eyes and gills. It was also described as having hind legs with five-toed horseshoe-shaped "feet". Sorry - looks like a basking shark to me!