At the beginning of the 21st Century monsters still roam the remote, and sometimes not so remote, corners of our planet. It is our job to search for them. The Centre for Fortean Zoology [CFZ] is - we believe - the largest professional, scientific and full-time organisation in the world dedicated to cryptozoology - the study of unknown animals. Since 1992 the CFZ has carried out an unparalleled programme of research and investigation all over the world. Since 2009 we have been running the increasingly popular CFZ Blog Network, and although there has been an American branch of the CFZ for over ten years now, it is only now that it has a dedicated blog.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015


Lake Pepin lies on the course of the Mississippi, between Minnesota and Wisconsin.  It takes its name from Jean Pepin, who settled there in the 17th Century.  It is mentioned by Laura Ingalls Wilder in her Little House on the Prairie series.

The Dakota Indians maintained that there was a monster in the lake.  They were probably disbelieved by the paleface.  However, in 1871, it was seen by white settlers near Stockholm (Wisconsin).

There have been further sightings and those in boats on the lake have reported being bumped into by some underwater creature.

A serpentine creature was reported by one Sally Schimbeno, but she wasn't prepared to say it was certainly the monster.

In recent times, there was a sighting some time after 2000.

In 2009 it was spotted off the beach at Lake City.  Witnesses claimed its length was 30'.

Lake Pepin

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