International Sea Serpent Reports
Launceston Advertiser (Tas.)
Date: October 25, 1832
Page Number: 344
At Ellora, a sea-port very little known to Europeans, situate on the coast of Barbary, Lord Byron was leaning over the gang-way of a vessel, looking at the sea serpents playing alongside, and enjoying the evening rays of the sun ; these animals are, to all appearance, from six to twelve feet long, and proportionably large in circumference. While in this situation, his lordship's gold watch fell from his jacket pocket into the sea, and was plainly seen at the bottom, although in five fathom of water. His lordship said he would not have lost it for ten times its value. A sailor immediately undressed, and, diving down, succeeded in bringing up the watch, though sharks were very numerous round the vessel at the time, and so very ravenous, that several of them were caught with bait.
The Barbary Coast, or Berber Coast, was the term used by Europeans from the 16th until the 19th century to refer to much of the collective land of the Berber people. Today, the term Maghreb correspond roughly to "Barbary". The term "Barbary Coast" emphasizes the Berber coastal regions and cities throughout the middle and western coastal regions of North Africa – what is now Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya. The English term "Barbary" (and its European varieties: Barbaria, Berbérie, etc.) referred mainly to the entire Berber lands including non-coastal regions, deep into the continent.
George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, later George Gordon Noel, 6th Baron Byron, FRS (22 January 1788 – 19 April 1824), commonly known simply as Lord Byron, was an English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement.
"Lord Byron was leaning over the gang-way of a vessel, looking at the sea serpents playing alongside"
This article is from 1832
yet Byron died in 1824. His "sea serpents" are most likely African Manatees.