I was jus sent this pasteup by Jay Cooney and I thought our comments were worth sharing.
Jay: I just realized the Rines–O'Connor connection today [photo collage above]
Dale: Hey great, I never saw them together in a package before, I think I'll run that.
Jay: Yes, my thoughts exactly. They complement one another! Not to direct scale but they all have similar appearances
Dale: Yes, and you can make an interesting point about the apparent length of the neck when angled head-on and then again when angled tail end on Its almost a sort of optical illusion
Jay: That skeleton is the best Do you know what species it is?
Dale: Its a basic Cryptoclidus oxoniensis, isn't it?
Jay: If it, then excellent
Dale: Isn't it the same as the AMNH mounted skeleton reversed (this from The Plesiosaur Directory)? http://plesiosauria.com/images/photographs/cryptoclidus_newyork3.jpg
Jay: Fantastic! Cryptoclidus oxoniensis seems to fit longnecks to a t!
Dale: Good sturdy utility taxon, I've learned to appreciate it
Jay: Matches the Rines photographs, O'Connor photograph, Bodette footage, upturned boat humps, split tails, rhomboidal flippers, "muppet heads", land sightings, and more!
Dale: Thanks I think I'll quote you on that! .
Jay: Add more to that if you want, we're basically on the same page as to this stuff .
Mostly, that is .
Dale: Im fine with that "mostly", believe me.
Jay: Good .
Makes more sense for our snake-headed New England sightings too .
Dale: Big lot of those too, actually(starting in the 1700s): only thing is the older ones tended to have
some confusions with the wake. But you even have New England rock art that looks that way