June 28, 1883 (The Commonwealth, a newspaper of Scotland Neck, NC, 3d page)
Roanoke Monster.—Two miles below Norfleet’s Ferry appeared this week and last, a large marine animal 12 to 14 feet long, “as large as a mule,” of a dark color, and seemed to be engaged in throwing out mud, bones, and stumps upon the sand-beach. For several days he seems to remain in nearly the same place, and has been seen by several reliable gentlemen. Two hundred people visited the river Sunday to get a view of the animal. Some of our citizens went down on Monday.