Tuesday, December 16, 2008
So How Big Is Ressie?
A lot of people ask me, "Hugh... just how big is Ressie anyway?" And I proceed to explain to them that since we have yet to capture a live specimen we can only guess. Old accounts of the creature, like a famous sighting in 1837, described the thing as being, "The length of two barns with a girth of a live oak." While more modern sightings paint a picture that suggests it may be as small as a large sea lion. By compiling all of the data it would appear that a 'best case scenario' Ressie could grow to a fairly large size. If it wasn't stressed, had plenty of giant catfish to feed on and minimal human exposer, it might well become gigantic. A full grown bull Ressie could grow to a length of five NASCARs. That's more than 30 Honey Baked Hams™! As far as it's weight, depending on the time of year, it may grow as large as 17 cows. To put that in perspective that's a whopping 10 average sized WalMart shoppers. We are talking huge here! No matter how large or small a typical Ressie is, at the end of the day, it's still a mystery that we hope to solve very soon.