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Sea monsters may not be real, but they're good for business

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The Vermont Lake Monsters, a single-A baseball team out of Burlington, use their mascot, Champ, named after Lake Champlain's resident sea monster, to attract fans. (Courtesy of The Vermont Lake Monsters)

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The Vermont Lake Monsters, a single-A baseball team out of Burlington, use their mascot, Champ, named after lake Champlain's resident sea monster, to attract fans. (Courtesy of The Vermont Lake Monsters)

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When strange blobs of rotting flesh wash ashore, such as this one found in Newfoundland in 2001, a call goes out to Dr. Sidney Pierce, a University of South Florida biologist and the "Ghostbuster" of sea monsters. ***Please note small file size: 1313 pixels x 734 pixels*** (Courtesy of the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA)

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Once feared by early explorers, sea monsters now have plenty of fans.


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