a who's who of lake and sea monsters
Lake and Sea Monsters Guide with videos when available
Lake & Sea Monsters
A - I
The Loch Ness monster of Georgia said to inhabit the Altahama River, also called Ha-Ha. The Tama Indians of the area have a legend of a large, snake-like creature. Reports of a 'big snake' continued into modern times. Reported to be 1- to 30 feet long, with a snout,flat tail,dorsal fin with the thickness of a man's body and swims with an undulating motion.
Bessie is described as a gray, snakelike create that inhabits Lake Erie, first sighted in 1817 and is about 20~30ft long . Sighting have been recorded as far back as 1898 .Some believe it may be a huge sturgeon . The American Hockey League team from Cleveland, the Lake Erie Monsters, is named after Bessie. Possibly a large sturgeon. Lake Erie was known as the caviar capital of America till the sturgeon were almost fished out of existence there, but is slowly making a comeback.
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A resident monster in Benyok, at Lake Bronso ( Бросно ), 250 miles northwest of Moscow .There have been Brosnie sightings for 150 years . Legends about it date back to the 1200s.
A large, hairy lake monster with a horselike face of ancient Aboriginal folklore that is said to live in Lake George and Lake Bathurst, Australia . Many sightings in the 1830s with scant modern reports.
Fun Bunyip song from an old Aussie kid's show, where the Bunyip is the boogeyman
A large snakelike creature seen from the coast of Alaska to Oregon, Most sightings are close to Vancover Island .reports of the creature go back to pre-Columbian times, with some Indian petroglyphs seeming to depict the creature . Some scientist say there is enough evidence to give it the scientific name Cadborosaurus willsi.
Caddy video Caddy tv special
Caddy video with photos of possible Caddy from the stomach of a whale found in 1937
A marine sea monster sighted off Casco Bay, Maine.Many reports from the late 1770s, however, like the Gloucester Sea Serpent, there have been few sightings recently. more info
Lake Catemaco, Mexico. Snake-like creture sighted.
Changbai Mountain Lake Monster, China
Some have claimed to have seen something in the caldera of Changbai shan/Baekdu mountain between North Korea and China.
Lake Chany Monster
Lake monster in Russia named Nesski, claimed to have killed 19 fishermen . Chany Lake is 770 miles long and is sited in the central Barabinsk steppe region of West Siberia. This lake is counted amongst the largest freshwater lakes of Russia.
an image of Chessie from the 80s video
Champ, is the Lake Champlain monster .Reports of a large creature in the lake go back to 1609, the local indians call it chaousarou.Lake Champlain is the largest body of water in the US after the Great Lakes .
Reports from Chiemsee, the largest freshwater lake in Bavaria, known as the Barvarian Sea.
Con Rit - Great sea Centipede
Con rit is the Vietnamese word for millipede, the name for a snakelike creature of the coast of Vietnam .A con rit was reported to have washed ashore in 1883 that was 60 feet long and 3 feet wide in Along Bay, Vietnam. Some have speculated that it is the inspiration for the Asian dragon symbol.
In 1848, the year europe was being rocked by revolutions, a sighting by several officers on the HMS Daedalus caused a sensation . On Aug 6th the Daedalus was sailing near the Cape of good Hope when a midshipman saw something advacing rapidly torward the ship . He told the ship's officers and seven men, includuding Captain Peter M'quhae saw what they described as a huge sea serpent . The visible part of the creature measured more than 60 feet, but only seemed to be 15 inches in diameter .It's color was dark brown and had some sort of mane . It did not undulate as a serpant on the water .The sighting caused a sensation when it was reported in the press .
Lake Dakataua monster
A lake monster called Migo by the natives said to inhabit Lake Dakataua in New Britain . A Japanese film crew filmed a blurry creature while investigating in 1993.
Danau Poso, Indonesia
Giant eels reported
The Denbigh Dinosaur
A creature seen in a llyn (lake) close to Denbigh, Wales.
In 1960, a huge fleshy mas 18x20ft washed ashore Tasmania and was estimated to have weighed 5~10 tons. Recent studies of samples have shown it to be a whale
Gloucester Sea Serpent
In the summer of 1817and continuing through the 19th century, there was a spate of reports of a large sea serpent 60ft to100ft long on the New England coast and became called the 'Glocester Sea Serpent.'Some have speculated that overfishing led to the demise of these serpents as there have been very few reports in the last 50 years .more info
Great Salt Lake Monster
Moster sighted at the
Great Salt Lake, Utah in 1904
Hrosshvalr or Hrosshvalur
A mythical creature in the Norse society of Iceland that appears as early as the 12th century, the Hrosshvalr (horse whale) was considered especially viscous .
Howick Lake Monster
Called Inkanyamba by local tribes and part of legends for thousands of years, said to inhabit Howick Falls Lake, South Africa.
Unfortunately, there have been no hydra sightings since Heracles killed the Lernaean Hydra in his 12 labours.
A seallike creature seen in Lake Simcoe, Ontario.Also seen on Muskrat Lake
Lake & Sea Monsters
J - Z
Lake Khaiyr creature
Lake Kussharo (屈斜路湖), Hokkaido the largest caldera lake in Japan.Hokkaido, Japan. Famous sighting in 1972, said to be 60 ft long with humps
Iliamna Lake Monster
Lake Labynkyr monster
Wolf-like animal reported in the 1970s in Lake Coleridge, New Zealand
Loch Lomand monster
A large alligator like creature has been sighten in Loch Lomand where it is much too cold for one to exist. Loch Lomand is the largest freshwater loch in Scotland.
Loch Ness Monster
From 1933 onward, a picture has emerged from investigations of reports of large animals in the loch having existed for centuries.The earliest known report is said to be found in the Life of St. Columbia by Adamnan, written sometime during the 7th century. It describes how in 565 Columba saved the life of a Pict, who was being supposedly attacked by the monster
Lough Eske Monster
Large sea monster reported in the Caribbean. Many reported near the Blue Holes, Bahamas.
Lake monster in Lake Manitoba .Described as being 30 feet long and brown .
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Lake Memphremagog Vermot, Quebec border Loch Ness type creature sighted
The identity of this creature, which reportedly washed up in Montauk New York beach and dubbed the 'Montauk Monster' last month, has captivated the internet and is dividing animal experts. According to some experts, it is the body of a rare raccoon . According to one of the first people to find it,Christina Pampalone, it was about 3 feet long .Some of the rumours about it are that it was created in a government lab on nearby Plum island or a sea turtle without a shell .To complicate matters, no one seems to know exactly where the mysterious 'monster' is now more info
Lake monster seen in Loch Morar, close to Loch Ness . Sightings dating back to 1887.
For more than 200 years, there have been reports of a ' monster ' in central Africa in the Ubangi, Sanga and Ikelemba Rivers and Lake Tele. Mokèlé-mbèmbé is the name given to a large creature reported to live in the lakes and swamps of the Congo River basin.it has been suggested that the creature might be a dinosaur such as a brachiosaur or a stegosaur which survived extinction . It may also refer to many different creatures.Several expeditions have been sent into what is now Zaire, with no conclusive photographic or physical evidence . Though the "living dinosaur" theory for Mokele-mbembe might be the best-known explanation, it has seen very little support from mainstream scientists. The latest expeditions to the area were by two Japanese teams in 1978 and 1992 and reported seeing a larged animal. The civil wars in Zaire have cancelled more recent planned expeditions in Zaire and shifted attention to the Cameroon, where the creature is known as la Kela-bembe. more info
Lake Worth Lagoon, West Palm Beach Florida
Long snake-like creature seen in the canals of Madeira Beach, Florida
The largest fish in the ocean, found in all tropical seas, has been found up to 17 m or 56 feet. The occasional beachings of oarfish after storms, and their habit of lingering at the surface when sick or dying, make oarfish a probable source of many sea serpent tales.
A creature that is said to live in Lake Okanagan, British Columbia . more info
another Ogopogo video
Mysterious World video
Pepie is a lake monster said to inhabit Lake Pepin, the largest lake on the Mississippi in Minnesota
tv news story on Pepie
Pressie, large eel like creater in Lake Superior
San Francisco Bay monster
large snake-like creature seen since the 1980s
Seljordormen or Seljord worm
Lake Seljord, Norway monster , Monster in Seljord mentioned in written sources since the mid 1700s .
An eel-like creature sighted in lake Lake Seljordsvatnet, Norway more info
Animal depicted on the Ishtar Gate in Babylon (6th cent BC), the only unknown animal depicted on the gate
Skrimsels or Skrimsl
Reports of a humped, 40 foot creature lake monster since or a large worm-like creaturesince 1345 in Lake Lagarflot, Iceland.
Solimões River Peru
Explorer Franz Schmidt reports large elephants sized tracks and encountering a creature 35 feet long in 1907.
Songhua Lake, China
In Jilin, China, close to the Changbai area sightings .Sightings of a creature since the 1950s about 30 feet long, with a flurry of sightings in 1999.In 1992 a soldier visiting the lake on leave reported being attacked by a dragon like creature.
Sweden's most famous lake monster,in Lake Storsjon. with hundred of reported sightings, with reports going back as 1635. Also called Storsie.
Lake Bala, Wales
Snakelike creature in Lake Tahoe
A large, hairy creature, with skin like a polar bear and a trunk, that washed on a South African beach in 1922. Said to been 47 ft long and a have a shrimp like tail.
Turtle Lake Monster
Turtle Lake Saskatchewan, Canada. Creature is said to have a horse-like head.
Lake Utopia Monster
Lake Van Monster
Lake Van, Turkey
First reported in 1995.Said to be about 50 ft long. Video (left) was taken in 1997. Possibly a giant sturgeon
Lake Vättern, Sweden
White River Monster
Zhangke River, Sichuan China
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Lake Hornindalsvatnet is the deepest in Europe with depths up to 1686 feet.
This list of lake and sea monsters is by no means complete. There are many other locations with sightings as well. Some of the more common explanations for monster sightings are : logs, otters (Giant Otters can grow up to 6 ft, the otter in this video appears to be a lake monster at first glance, giant sturgeons,giant catfish, and schools of fish.
Could some lake and river monsters be plesiosaurs
long necked reptiles that lived during the Mesozoic Era and died out with the dinosaurs and the end of the Cretaceous with the KT mass extinction
65 million years ago ? While they were marine animals, some fossils have been found in what were then rivers .
However, how could a modern day plesiosaur live in northern latitudes such as Loch Ness and Lake Champlain ? It would have to be a mammal. Some suggest it may be a type of basilosaurus , the elongated snake like ancestor of modern day whales and lived 35-40 million years ago.
Another explanation for Nessie and other European lake monsters is that people are sighting a large European eel (Anguilla anguilla), which live in Loch Ness in large numbers. The common European eel grows to a maximum length of about six feet or 1.8 metres in length. These eels are generally believed to spawn in the Sargasso Sea. The larvae (Leptocephalus) drift towards Europe in a three-hundred-day migration . These eels have the ability to 'walk' on land up to 8 hours.
Some look for an explanation in our own minds. It is all part of our collective unconscious and as the wave of ufo sightings in the 1950s reflect an underlying fear of the Cold War going hot and a wish for an otherworldly savior, lake monster sighting reflect a deep seated need for a monster to exist. People expect and want to see them, so they do.
Incident at Loch Ness 2004
Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure video game a video game for the , Nintendo DS, and PlayStation 2 based upon the National Geographic film
The most up-to-date, definitive, scientific assessment of the evidence for and against the existence of lake monsters
In 1925, legendary explorer Percy Fawcett ventured into uncharted realms of the Amazon jungle in order to discover "The Lost City of Z," an ancient civilization that he believed could have been the basis for the mythical El Dorado. Fawcett and his party disappeared, never to be heard from again. Eighty years later, David Grann, an ordinary reporter for The New Yorker, uncovered Fawcett's diaries and found himself compelled to follow in the footsteps of the intrepid adventurer. An inspiration for The Lost World and Indiana Jones
History's Mysteries investigates strange and ongoing reports of sea monsters, including "Champ", the legendary mammoth of Lake Champlain; the New England sea serpent first sighted at Cape Ann in 1639
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Wikipedia on lake monsters