Explore the Chesapeake with Chessie

The book cover of Chessie, featuring a blue tentacle in the Chesapeake Bay
The incredible true story of the mysterious sea creature who captured hearts and imaginations during the turbulent 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s.

Dive into the mysterious waters of the Chesapeake Bay with Eric A. Cheezum's fascinating book Chessie. This engaging narrative tells the enthralling true story of Chessie, the region's own cryptic sea monster. Cheezum weaves together folklore, environmental politics, and the psyche of a community on the cusp of modern ecological consciousness to uncover how Chessie captured the imaginations of both locals and the nation. 

A quote from Frank Esposito

From its first reported sighting in the late 1970s to its rise as a cultural and environmental icon, Chessie examines how the sea monster phenomenon reflected broader societal concerns—from environmental degradation to the fight for preservation. Cheezum masterfully illustrates how Chessie was more than just a figment of maritime lore; it was a symbol of the Chesapeake Bay's environmental battles, a mascot for conservation efforts, and a character in the ongoing story of America's relationship with its natural landscapes. 

A quote from Robert Bartholomew

This history of a regional legend also reflects how myths can influence reality and shape a community's identity. Join Cheezum on this fascinating journey through the murky waters of myth, science, and environmental activism and learn about the enduring legacy of Chessie in the cultural tapestry of the Chesapeake Bay.

A quote from Tom Horton
Written by: Kris Lykke
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