martes, 20 de noviembre de 2012

Champ, the Lake Champlain "Monster".

Champ is a member of the elite group of creatures who share a common bond classed as cryptozoological animals. These creatures include dragons, unicorns, Pegasus, Sasquatch, Yeti, and of course, Champ's "cousin", the Loch Ness Monster. The single trait they all have in common is that their existence on earth has never been satisfactorily proven or conclusively disproven. Lake Champlain Named for its discoverer, Samuel de Champlain, Lake Champlain is a spectacular hundred-mile-long lake that stretches down from Canada and runs north and south between Vermont and New York, forming a natural border between them1, 3. While in some spots the lake reaches a depth of 400 feet, extending 150 yards or more from the shore much of the lake is only 12 to 14 feet deep2. A characteristic trait of long, narrow lakes with deep channels is the seiche. Both Loch Ness and Lake Champlain are endowed with this peculiar feature. A seiche is a perpetual wave in an enclosed body of water, which lies in a geographic area that undergoes severe winters. Changes in spring and autumn temperatures affect the shallow areas of these long lakes more rapidly than they affect the deep channels, causing the deep water to slosh back and forth, between the lake's boundaries, like a plucked guitar string. At the surface, the seiche in Lake Champlain may be barely a ripple while below the surface it is usually about 30 feet high and at times may grow to a height of 300 feet3. Champ History Samuel de Champlain is often quoted1, 2 as having written that he saw, "a 20-foot serpent thick as a barrel, and a head like a horse" in Lake Champlain during his explorations in the 17th Century. However, this misquote is believed to have first appeared in a 1970 Vermont Journal article by the late Marjorie Porter. In Champlain's true journal, he most likely described the gar fish2, 6 in an entry that reads (Muerger 1988): "... there is one [fish] called by the natives 'Chaousarou', which is of various lengths; but the largest of them, as these tribes have told me, are from eight to ten feet long. I have seen some five feet long, which were as big as my thigh, and had a head as large as my two fists, with a snout two feet and a half long, and a double row of very sharp, dangerous teeth. Its body has a good deal the shape of the pike; but it is protected by scales of a silvery gray colour and so strong that a dagger could not pierce them." The earliest genuine report of a Champ sighting is from 1819. A "Capt. Crum" aboard a scow on Bulwagga Bay saw "a black monster" about 187 feet long with a flat head that resembled a seahorse. According to the account, the monster reared its head more than fifteen feet out of the water. The creature was two hundred yards in the distance and traveled "with the utmost velocity" while being chased by "two large Sturgeon and a Bill-fish." With his remarkable vision, Crum noticed that it had three teeth, large eyes the color of a peeled onion, a white star on its forehead, and a red band about its neck2. Champ was relatively quiet for the next 50 years until reports of the monster started resurfacing in newspapers around 1873. The news stories drew the attention of P.T. Barnum who offered a $50,000 reward for Champ, captured dead or alive. Although many sought the reward, no one was able to deliver the giant to Barnum1, 4, 5, 6. Champ Sightings From the varied description in reports over the years, Champ is chameleon-like and a master of disguise2, 3. Reports have compared him to a great snake, a large Newfoundland dog, a yacht, a horse, a manatee, a periscope, a lizard-like four-legged animal, and a whale.

Tim Dinsdale.Loch Ness.1960.Photo enhancement.

Lake Manitoba, Manitoba, Canada.Manipogo.

Manipogo is the name given to the Lake Monster reported to live in Lake Manitoba, Manitoba, Canada. Sightings of this cryptid have been known from at least 1908. Other incidents include, in: 1948: Reported that some sort of creature rose six feet out of the lake and gave a “prehistoric type of dinosaur cry.” 1957: Visitors saw a “giant serpent like creature in the lake.” (The creature was dubbed Manipogo in 1957, the name echoing British Columbia’s Ogopogo.) The two most intriguing sightings occurred in 1962 and 1997. The first sighting was during a fishing trip. Dick Vincent of KCND Television (later CKND, now Global) and his television colleague, John Konefell, spotted a serpent-like creature and chased after it in their boat. They were unable track down the mysterious animal, but were able to take a blurred photograph. The photograph showed a large, dark object rising two feet out of the water. In subsequent years, Vincent denied that it was Manipogo, claiming he wasn’t sure what it was.

Iliamna Lake Monster.Alaska.

The Iliamna Lake Monster, or commonly referred to by locals as Illie, is a cryptid whose legend has haunted the Alaskan fishing village of Iliamna. The native’s tales describe a large beast that roams the waters. The monster has many reported sightings along with a few reported causes of death under its belt. Over the years, it has gained enough attention to lure the Animal Planet show “River Monsters” in attempt to find out what may lie beneath the waters. The monster is a reported 10–30 feet in length with a square-like head that is used to place blunt force unto things such as small boats. Although there is no physical evidence to conclude the monster's existence, many reports beg to differ. Sightings 1942: Babe Alyesworth and Bill Hammersley reported seeing a large, dull, aluminum-colored fish from their plane. This encouraged others to come forth with sightings and more information. 1963: Biologist reported seeing a 25–30 foot fish from overhead; it did not come up for air. 1977: A pilot, while flying over Pedro Bay, spots a 12–14 foot fish on the surface as it dove down, revealing vertical tail. 1987: Resident Verna Kolyaha reported seeing a large black fish with white stripe down its fin. 1988: Several locals report the same sighting from water and land, a large black fish with a fin swimming near the surface.

jueves, 15 de noviembre de 2012

Selma.Lake Seljord sea serpent.Norway..

The serpent in Norway's Seljord lake has fueled local folklore for centuries, not unlike Scotland's fabled Loch Ness monster. And like those who have gone to look for Nessie, an international team of explorers hopes to give some scientific backing to the legend of the elusive creature in the murky Norwegian depths. Swedish freelance journalist and veteran serpent tracker Jan Sundberg and his 11-man team plan to spend 17 days trawling the lake in southern Norway using state-of-the-art imaging equipment and a mini-submarine fitted with cameras. "It is a challenge to prove that people really have seen something and that it is not just fantasy or illusion," 51-year-old Sundberg told Reuters. "There are many witnesses going back 250 years who have seen the serpent. It is written in the history of the community, and every year there are new sightings by reliable witnesses. Why would people lie?" Sundberg's last Seljord serpent expedition was in 1977, when echoing equipment detected large objects moving in unison and separating in various directions. "We were really excited about this. We had good results at the time but we couldn't follow up because we didn't have as much sponsorship as we have now," he said. For this trip, he has $200,000 worth of cutting-edge technology including an echo sounder, a side-scan sonar -- a torpedo-shaped object towed behind the boat that sends back horizontal and vertical images -- and a miniature submarine with three television cameras, a gripping arm and sonar. "I am really confident we have a good chance of getting instrumental results," he said. "But if we're going to see the creature above the surface and film it, it will take more than good people and equipment but a lot of luck." Sundberg assembled his team of intrepid explorers mainly via the Internet and describes them as "a mixture of rookies and more experienced searchers." The volunteers from Sweden, Norway, Britain, Ireland, Belgium and the United States will search round the clock in four-man shifts. The creature gained its first recorded testimonial in 1750 when Gunleik Andersson-Verpe from nearby Boe was "attacked by a sea horse" while rowing on the lake. In 1880, Bjoern Bjorge and his mother, Gunhild, reportedly killed a "strange-looking" lizard as they were washing clothes on one of the lake's beaches. Descriptions this century have varied from a black log-like creature with several humps, a crested neck and an eel-like head to a beast with a head like a horse or the features of a crocodile. Other reports call it a snail-like creature with two horns on its head. Grainy amateur video taken in 1988 and 1993 show humps in the middle of the lake, but they could easily have been waves. Legend says the beasts came over land to the picturesque lake, set in steep pine-covered mountains 100 miles west of Oslo, when they outgrew a smaller one nearby. Sundberg is skeptical of claims the creatures could be up to 150 feet long. He says the lake, at nine miles long by 1.2 miles wide and 510 feet deep, could not support such beasts. "People have told of enormous sizes of 25, 30, even 50 meters long. But realistically how could a family of animals of such size fit into a small lake like this?" he asked. "Creatures of between one and seven meters are more feasible. Maybe it would be possible to reach 50 meters if it is thin and snake-like like a python. But otherwise no way." Sundberg rejects skeptics who claim shadowy sightings could be explained by the movements of moose, otters or beavers. "The serpent does not fit any species known to man. It has several qualities not seen before such as traveling on the surface at high speed and moving vertically up and down," he said. "It shows a back or a head or a neck or all three for long periods above the surface and travels very fast, maybe up to 25 knots." The Seljord town council and local campsite owners are sponsoring Sundberg's hunt for the beast, hoping for a boost in tourism from the publicity. The village has already made some attempts to cash in on its monster myth by changing its coat of arms to a serpent in 1986 and building a serpent exhibition. A 23-member delegation went to Loch Ness in 1992 to discover why Nessie is such a hit. But Asbjoern Storrusten, the village council's coordinator, said boosting tourism was not the only point of the exercise. Definitive identification of something living in the lake would help locals who often shy away from admitting sightings for fear of being ridiculed. " People are frightened to say what they have seen. Other people from outside the area don't believe in the serpent and they think those that have seen it are mad or maybe drunk," said Storrusten, who comes from Drammen, near Oslo. "I did not believe it before I came here and talked to people. These are responsible, serious people, and when they look you in the eye and say they have seen something, you cannot disbelieve it. These lakes are less researched than the dark side of the moon. Who knows what's there?"

miércoles, 14 de noviembre de 2012

Cabralito.Argentina.

Todays news reports that in Northern Argentina, in the province of Salta, a mysterious lake creature was filmed. The photo is a still from the video. The press quickly named it "Cabralito" after the lake it lives in (it is a cute diminutive of the lake's name similar to Nahuelito of Nahuel Huapi fame or Nessie of Loch Ness). The footage was taken close to a pier known as El Préstamo by Leo Bonino, on the lake of Cabra Corral. The lake is man made, as a dam was built in 1972 on the Juramento River. It has a surface of about 127 km2 (49 sq. mi.) and its water flows all the way to the Paraná River north of Buenos Aires. The dam is 65 km from the city of Salta, captial of the province of Salta in Northwestern Argentina. Jorge Santi, a diver of the Lake Division of the Salta Provincial Police, said that: "There have been rumors about this for years. Some say that they have seen a reptile similar to a yacaré and others swear that they have seen a great snake moving with its head above the surface". Nevertheless, a local named Roberto Eduardo Portal, says that "Cabralito" skeptically said that "'Cabralito' is nothing more than a family of otters who have lived in the lake for the last 30 years".

Huechulafquen Lake Monster.Huechulito.

This lake, is set at the foot of the Andes in southern Neuquén Province, Argentina.(39°46' S, 71°23' W). It is quite large, as it has a surface area of 104 km2 (40 sq. mi.). An extinct volcano, Mount Lanín (3,776 m - 12,380 ft.) high overlooks the lake. Here, in 1922, Emilio Frey reported -during the Plesiosaur Expedition- that: many times I heard respectable neighbors of Junín de los Andes say […] that in the Lake Huachi-Lauquen [sic], at dusk, an animal often appears on its surface, which has more or less the same features of the one that is said to have been seen in Esquel. Very long neck, lizard head, body that must be enormous, because when it submerges it produces a sort of “boiling” in the waters. Recently, a tourist named Jorge Salcedo while on an excursion in a catamaran in March 2009, photographed what looks like a set of three waves that look more like the wake of some boat than the back of an animal swimming just below the surface. This site has all the photographs, a comment by Mr. Salcedo and the location of the sighting on a map. The media quickly reported it as a lake creature, and named it “Huechulito”. And the locals recalled that “about 20 years ago some border patrol officers shot at a gigantic reptile that got into the lake and managed to escape”.

miércoles, 7 de noviembre de 2012

Dr. Paul H. Leblond and Caddy.

Paul Leblond is an eminent world-class academic, originally from the province of Quebec, who is renowned for his work in the realm of the ocean sciences. Previously head of the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Leblond, although retired, continues to sit on many boards and carries on consultation in regard to the preservation and conservation of the oceans of the world. A former director of the International Society of Cryptozoology, Dr Leblond is a driving force behind the success of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club. In establishing the BCSCC Quarterly as the club’s flagship publication and acting as its editor from 1989 to 1996, Dr Leblond has given the cryptozoological community a publication which is both informative and of immense value to those who seek the facts about cryptozoological research on a global scale. His leadership in the area of research into the enigma of the North Pacific Megaserpent, Cadborosaurus willsi, has resulted in extensive data being gathered on this animal. Along with Dr Edward Bousfield, Dr Leblond has authored Cadborosaurus: Survivor from the Deep (Horsdal and Schubert, 1995), the seminal work on this great cryptozoological marvel. Dr Leblond resides on Galiano Island and is much-coveted speaker at many scientific and cryptozoological forums around the world. His rapier-sharp wit and gallic charm make a speaking engagement by this brilliant scientist a most enjoyable and informative experience. The Search for Caddy The family of large aquatic reptiles that frequents the coast of British Columbia has been repeatedly sighted by credible witnesses -- the legends about them date back to Native American traditions. The locals affectionately call the creature "Caddy", short for Cadborosaurus, which takes its name from the Cadboro Bay where it is most often seen. In 1937 a slightly digested juvenile "Caddy" measuring about 10 feet was extracted from the stomach of a sperm whale and the photographs of it, published in Bousfield and LeBlond's book and scientific journal, may be the best evidence to date of a contemporary sea serpent. Dr. Paul H. LeBlond is a distinguished Canadian marine scientist and professor with the Department of Oceanography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C. Dr. Edward L. Bousfield is a retired Research Associate at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, and the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, following a long career with the Zoology Division of the National Museum, Ottawa. Drs. Bousfield and LeBlond have appeared twice as guests on 21st Century Radio when they reviewed their "Caddy" research. In their book, Cadborosaurus Survivor from the Deep, published by Horsdal and Schubart (phone: 604-360-2031) earlier this year, they detail Caddy's most striking features:
1. Its dimensions, ranging from five to 15 metres in length; 2. Its body form: snake-like, or serpentine, with extraordinary flexibility in the vertical plane; 3. The appearance of its head, variously described as resembling that of a sheep, horse, giraffe or camel; 4. The length of its neck, elongated, ranging from one to four metres; 5. The vertical humps or loops of the body, arranged in tandem series directly behind the neck; 6. The presence of a pair of anterior flippers; posterior flipper absent or nearly fused with the body; 7. The tail, dorsally toothed or spiky, and split horizontally or fluke-like at the top; 8. The very high swimming speed, clocked at up to 40 knots at the surface. As they explain in their abstract to the Amphipacifica article, "Through lack of a permanent reference specimen, the species was previously unrecognized by science. In our view, the records do contain published evidence of 'specimens in hand', and are sufficiently voluminous and internally consistent to conclude that the animal is real, and merits formal taxonomic description.... In general features of head, two pairs of flippers, and short tail, the animal appears least unlike some plesiosaur of Mesozoic age. However, its large distinctive hind flippers are apparently webbed to the true tail to form a broad fluke-like propulsive caudal appendage. When swimming rapidly at the surface, the trunk region characteristically forms into two or more vertical humps or loops in tandem behind the neck. The authors recommend that the species be considered for the COSEWIC primary list of rare and endangered species of Canada."

Lake Khaiyr.Siberia.

Lake Khaiyr is a remote volcanic lake situated in the Yakutia region of eastern Siberia. Its surface area is approximately 72 acres (29 ha) and it has few fish. Its depth is yet unknown. It is called "Khaiyr" (meaning "to love" in modern Mongolian) due to the Mongol influence in the region. The lake has been the centre of a controversy since 1964 when a group of scientists from Moscow University, claim to have encountered an animal with prehistoric biology whilst on an expedition surveying mineral deposits. An article written in Komsomolskaya Pravda by G. Rokosuev explains that the "monster" was initially seen by N. Gladkikh, the deputy leader of the expedition team: Gladkikh went out to the lake to draw water and saw a creature that had crawled out onto the shore, apparently to eat the grass - a small head on a long gleaming neck , a huge body covered with jet-black skin and a vertical fin along the spine. Gladikikh's story was at first met with incredulity by the rest of the team. However, the creature then reappeared to be seen by the leader of the expedition and several other members. Rokosuev writes: Suddenly a head appeared in the lake, then a dorsal fin. The creature beat the water with its long tail, producing waves on the lake. You can imagine when we saw with our own eyes that the stories were true.[1] Based on the team's descriptions, the monster closely resembles a plesiosaur, a prehistoric reptile thought to have become extinct around 65 million years ago. Some researchers think that this creature represents a mammalian herbivore which is just beyond the hippopotomus-stage that is pretty well adapted to aquatic life, but still feeds on shore rather than in the water. Due to the isolation of this northern lake, odd adaptations could arise.