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Monday, 5 May 2014


Supposed Native American lake monster petroglyph

As lake monsters seem to proliferate, here are a few more of the lesser known ones.

A monster in Lake Chelan (Washington) was supposedly photographed in 2007.  It shows a head and neck sticking out of the water.

The Lake Coleridge Monster of New Zealand has been reported from the 1970s.  Two women in 1975 saw a head resembling a wolf's rising from the water. In 1979 the monster was said to have been staring at a boatload of fishermen.  As local farmers have reported losses of sheep, it is possible the monster can go ashore.

Lake Titicaca, Bolivia, was supposedly the location of a sighting in 1989.  The head of the beast was huge and its neck was 4-5 meters in length.

Lake Gazivode, Serbia, is an artificial creation, dating from 1968.  Its artificiality, however, doesn't seem to have kept monsters away.  A churchgoer, walking past the lake, reported seeing a huge reptile 5 meters in length.  The head was the size of a bull's.  The witness discerned back legs, but did not see any front legs.

Lake St Clair is in the province of Ontario.  In 1897 a monster which resembled an eel was supposed to have killed a horse on the shore.

Lake James (North Carolina) is allegedly called home by a monster resembling a dragon.

Finally, Lake Rabisha in Bulgaria is supposed to be home to a monster with a bull's head and a fishtail.  It is said maidens used to be sacrificed to the water bull, until the creature itself put a stop to the practice, so it could keep for itself a particular maiden as a permanent companion.  This tendency people of legend have to sacrifice maidens must have made being a maiden rather perilous in days gone by.  The presence of wels catfish in the lake may lie behind the monster tradition.

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