Off the coast of Greenland in 1734, missionary Hans Egede reported seeing a serpent so big, its head reached as high as a ship's masthead. It spouted water like a whale, had skin like a reptile, and was as wide as a ship, but four times its length. Its face he described as having a snout and when it traveled from the ship, it plunged backward instead of advancing forward as many fish and sea creatures do. The illustration of this beast is said to be one of the earliest pictures based on a credible and reliable source. Based on the picture, the Great Sea Serpent isn't something any seafaring person or vessel should like to encounter.