Giant Sea Serpent
A huge serpent living in the waters around Mondo Island, the Giant Sea Serpent was confronted by King Kong when it approached the Hover Car as it made its way back to the Explorer. The serpent constricted its body around Kong, but the giant ape was able to triumph and threw the defeated serpent aside into the water.
The Giant Sea Serpent is literally called Giant Sea Snake (Ō-umihebi) in Japanese. Its name is most often written in Japanese media as 大ウミヘビ, with the umihebi spelled out in katakana. Sometimes the name is represented entirely in kanji, as 大海蛇. In the film itself, the character Jiro Nomura calls it a Sea Snake (海蛇, while it is left unnamed in the English version. Umihebi)
The Giant Sea Serpent was included in King Kong Escapes as an homage to the serpent-like Elasmosaurus Kong battles in the original 1933 film. The puppet's head was modeled by Teizo Toshimitsu and its body by Yasuei Yagi. In the 1973 Toho Champion Festival release of the film, the Giant Sea Serpent's scene was cut.
The Giant Sea Serpent only has a short appearance in the film King Kong Escapes. When the film's central character Susan Watson and her companions are attempting to leave Mondo Island, the Giant Sea Serpent rises out from the water and approaches their craft. On the shore, King Kong, concerned with the safety of Susan then throws a boulder at the serpent to distract it while Susan Watson and her companions escape the serpent and reach their submarine. King Kong goes into the water, and is attacked by the Giant Sea Serpent, who attempts to constrict Kong. After a brief skirmish, Kong frees himself from the Giant Sea Serpent's grasp and tosses him back into the water.
- The Giant Sea Serpent has abilities similar to those of contemporary giant snake Manda.
- The Giant Sea Serpent is a superb swimmer and uses constriction to defeat his enemies.
- Main article: Giant Sea Serpent/Gallery.
- The battle with King Kong and the Giant Sea Snake is reminiscent of Kong's bout with the Elasmosaurus in the original King Kong film.
- It is speculated that the Piranhadon from Peter Jackson's King Kong was an homage to the Giant Sea Serpent.
- The Giant Sea Serpent is one of the minor Showa era monsters to have received an official toy.
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