The USS Stein Monster

By Sourav Ghosh - February 05, 2018

The USS Stein Monster was a properly unidentified sea creature that apparently attacked the Knox-class destroyer escort USS Stein (DE -1065), which was later redesignated as a Frigate (FF-1065) in the US Navy.

The ship had got its name USS Stein after Tony Stein, who was the first Marine to receive the 'Medal of Honor' for action in the Battle of Iwo Jima. USS Stein was commissioned on 8 January 1972, and after two decades of her restless service, she got decommissioned on 19 March 1992.

The USS Stein
In 1976, the USS Stein was attacked by a sea monster believed to be an unknown species of giant squid, which damaged the "NOFOUL" rubber coating of her AN/SQS-26 SONAR dome. Over 8 percent of the surface coating was unbelievably damaged. Nearly all of the cuts contained remains of sharp, curved claws found on the rims of suction cups of some squid's tentacles. The claws were indeed much larger than any reported at that time which indicated the monstrous creature to may have been up to 150 ft in length.

Despite this mysterious giant-creature sounds unbelievable, we actually can't deny that our knowledge of the Moon's surface is more extensive than our knowledge of oceans' bottoms. So, given the vastness of the ocean, we should not be at all surprised if someday the intrepid explorers discover some strange and bizarre new form of sea life that we never thought possible. It might be the creature of enormous size like that USS Stein Monster, or it could be beyond our imagination with a radically new body design or with some unique way that it "makes a living."

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