Prof. King (Michael Whalen) had discovered a uranium deposit under the sea just outside a collage and somehow activated it causing this radioactive sea monster to be created.
Attacking people sailing off-shore it killed a number of them by capsizing their boats and then exposing them to it's deadly radioactive rays.
The Professor is trying to use his discovery to create a "Death Ray" that can be used by the US military but it seemed to have backfired and caused the deaths of a number of innocent people. Prof. King is also reluctant to destroy the underwater uranium deposit and his creation the creature.
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