Contest | We’re Searching For Sea Monsters

In honor of the new exhibit, Maritime Mysteries and Monsters, we’re searching for sea monsters! Share your photos, videos, artwork, or stories spotlighting the scary side of the sea.

One lucky winner will receive spooky ocean swag from the Museum store and two free tickets to the Museum of the Macabre Halloween Party on October 29. Last day to submit is October 15.

What can I submit?

Anything created by you that represents the scary, mysterious, or odd side of the ocean. Examples:

  • Photos (landscapes, critters, etc)
  • Videos
  • Memes
  • Poems
  • Drawings
  • Costumes

How do I submit?

Complete a submission form and upload a PDF, DOC, DOCX, PNG, JPG, JPEG, or GIF file (16MB maximum). Submissions are due by 11:59 p.m. on October 15. The winner will be announced before October 29.

What will you do with my submission?

Select submissions will be featured on social media and one winner will be selected to win a prize.

What is the prize?

A variety of spooky ocean swag from the Museum store and two free tickets to the Museum of the Macabre halloween party on October 29. If you are unable to attend the event or are under the age of 21, you will be offered a Museum Membership instead of tickets to the event.

Santa Cruz Sea Monsters with Geoffrey Dunn (recording)

Santa Cruz has a long history of fishing lore, including the legend of the “Old Man of the Monterey Bay.” Geoffrey Dunn is a fourth-generation member of the Santa Cruz Italian fishing colony who grew up with stories about the “Old Man” and sea monsters as a boy, which has influenced his work as journalist, filmmaker, and historian. Join us for the online talk exploring local myths and legends in honor of the exhibit, Maritime Mysteries and Monsters.

About the Speaker

Geoffrey Dunn, Ph. D., is an award-winning journalist, filmmaker and historian and has written extensively about California culture and history. He is the author of several books, including Santa Cruz Is in the Heart (Volumes I and II); The Santa Cruz Wharf: Images of AmericaChinatown Dreams: The Life and Photography of George Lee;  and The Lies of Sarah Palin. His films include Dollar a Day, 10¢ a Dance: A Historic Portrait of Filipino Farm Workers in AmericaChinese Gold: The Chinese of the Monterey Bay Region;Calypso Dreams, and The Glamour Boyz Again. He also served as the on-screen narrator of A Day on the Bay: Portrait of a Ligurian Fishing Colony. Dunn has been writing about Monterey Bay’s maritime history for more than four decades.

Cartoon by Thommy Thompson, San Francisco Call-Bulletin, 1942.