April 4, 2014
Legendary Monsters Of The Deep
On every continent, in every country, there is most likely a legendary monster living in one or more lakes within their borders. The most famous and talked about lake-dwelling monster is “Nessie”, the Loch Ness Monster from Scotland. However, many other not so well known creatures swim below the surface of lakes around the globe.
In our society, we tend to give these creatures nicknames and most of the time, it is an analogy to the famous “Nessie.”
For instance, from Japan’s Lake Ikeda, Issie is a legendary monster described by witnesses as being 16 and a half feet long and black. To the citizens of Japan, Issie is as famous as Nessie. They even starred the creature in a Japanese made Godzilla movie as the larva of Mothra.
Sweden has its own legend inhabiting Lake Storsjon in Jamtland. Storsjoodjuret, nicknamed “Storsie,” is claimed to be the result of two trolls conjuring up a potion and the creature jumped from their pot and into the lake. In 1986, Storsie, any offspring and its nest were put under protection as an endangered species, but the law was withdrawn in 2005.
Canada’s Lake Memphremagog in Quebec is claimed to have a creature living deep under the surface of the lake. It is named “Memphre” and described as being 20 to 50 feet long. Depending on the eyewitness, it is usually brown or black with four fins, a long body and neck. An average of eight sightings per year are claimed with over 200 documented accounts. The first was a report from Ralph Merry IV in 1816 describing the experiences and sightings of “Memphre” by the local citizens.
From the depths of lakes around the United States, there are several legendary monsters.
“Bessie” from Lake Erie is a legend that started in 1793 with sightings still occurring today. “Bessie” is described as being a 30 to 40 foot long snake-like creature. One account is from 1931 in Sandusky, Ohio, where a huge snake-like creature was captured and stuffed in a crate. According to the police, it was black, dark green and white, with alligator-like skin.
“Tessie” is a legendary creature that lurks in the depths of Lake Tahoe, which straddles the border between Nevada and California. This large serpent varies with each description. Lengths range from ten to 80 feet, coloration is from black to turquoise and its skin is usually smooth, but reptile-like. The first sightings occurred in the mid-1800s, with accounts as recent as 2006. In the 1970s, Jacques Cousteau supposedly had an encounter with something and he stated that the world was not ready for what lies beneath.
“Chessie” is a 25 to 40 foot creature claimed to swim in Chesapeake Bay. Alleged photographs have been taken, but no physical evidence of its existence has been found. The first sighting was in 1936 by a military helicopter crew flying over the Bush River. Many more sightings have occurred since, with the last report in 1997. Explanations of the legend range from it being a mutant eel to an escaped anaconda. One photo taken in 1980 was claimed to be “Chessie,” but later was identified as a manatee.
Probably the most popular lake monster of the United States is “Champ” from Lake Champlain. The lake is located in the states of New York and Vermont and extends into Quebec, Canada. Over 300 sightings have been reported over the years, but no scientific evidence has been presented of its existence. The first account was by Samuel de Champlain in 1609. He was the founder of Quebec and the lake’s namesake. “Champ” has been described as being 25 to 30 feet in length and has a plesiosaur-like body. P.T. Barnum posted a $50,000 reward for the carcass of the creature in the late 1800s, wanting to add it to his show.
Many more legendary lake creatures are claimed to inhabit lakes around the world. So, while you’re out in a boat fishing, sightseeing or just relaxing on the shore. Have your camera ready and don’t be surprised if something catches your eye that can’t be explained. It might be just one of those pesky creature of the deep.
Join me next time for another jaunt into Supernatural Endeavors.
Image Credit: Gerard Leblond