|Port Henry on Lake Champlain|
In 1887 a group of picnickers, relaxing on the beach, saw Champ heading in their direction. The monster did not come ashore this time. In 1915 it stranded itself in Bulawagga Bay, but managed to regain the water. There were sightings in 1939 and 1945. However, the monster really hit the headlines when Sandra Mansi's photograph was published. This apparently showed a head and neck and behind it a hump. B. Radford suggested it was a log with tree stump. It has been said that the neck and back are not actually joined to one another, the neck being further away. In all, though at first glance the photograph looks convincing, it cannot be said to
prove the monster's existence. However, publication of the photograph led to a flood of sightings.
In Port Henry (NY), they hold a Champ Day each year. The town has a sign listing 132 alleged sightings. In 2003 sounds of what resembled whale communications were heard by echolocation in the lake.
As to what the monster could be, although a plesiosaur has been put forward as a candidate, it seems unlikely that this saurian could actually raise its head out of the water, because of the stiffness of its neck. A eunuch eel, of the type Richard Freeman suggests is in Loch Ness, is more plausible. A completely unknown animal cannot be ruled out. That there is or at least was something menacing there would seem to be almost established because of the multiple witnesses of the early encounters.
Strangely enough, in 1775 there was a boat called Lake Monster plying the lake.
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