The Mystery of Lake Monsters: Survived Reptiles Or Illusion?

Mysterious lake monsters, are baffling human mind since our culture adapted to learn about our mother nature. skeptics say there are no lake monsters, these are only mere illusions but are really they? Here I will illustrate the whole case  including sighting details. Lake monsters have been reported through all over the world including China and some other Asian and European countries. Well, below are some famous sightings of lake monsters:

  • Ogopogo

Proponents of the Ogopogo’s existence claim that the first documented sightings of the monster date back to around 1872, and occurred as the area was being colonized by European settlers. Perhaps the earliest mention of the Ogopogo was the story of a man in 1860 leading horses that were swimming across the lake near Rattlesnake Island. Ogopogo was allegedly filmed  in 1989 by a used car salesman, Ken Chaplin, who with his father, Clem Chaplin, claimed to have seen a snake-like animal swimming in the lake, which flicked its tail to create a splash. Some believe that the animal the Chaplins saw was simply a beaver, because the tail splashing is a well-known characteristic of beavers. However, Chaplin alleges the animal he saw was 15 feet (4.6 m) long, far larger than a typical beaver (beavers are approximately 4 feet (1.2 m) long).

  • Cammy Lake Monster

This is another lake monster often seen in lake Vancouver. It is serpentine lake monster as reported by numerous eye witnesses. It is reported about of length 15 to 60feet long with a long neck. In this area the popular lake monster is Caddy.

  • Champ

From the varied description in reports over the years, Champ is chameleon-like and a master of disguise. 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.

From existing reports, Champ may be endowed with all or some of the following features:

  • Length: Between ten and 187 feet long.
  • Head shape:
    • Flat headed or round headed.
    • Horned or having “moose-like antlers”.
    • Elephant ears
    • A mane (either tan or red).
    • Jaws like an alligator.
  • Body Shape:
    • One to four humps.
    • Up to five arching coils.
    • Fins
    • A snake-like body.
  • Skin-type:
    • Scaly
    • Smooth
  • Color:
    • Either drab or shiny
    • Black
    • Dark head with white body
    • Gray
    • Black and Gray
    • Brown
    • Moss green
    • Reddish bronze
    • Dark-brownish olive.
  • Eyes:
    • Dinner plate eyes
    • Glowing eyes.

Loch Ness Monster

The Loch Ness Monster is a cryptid that is reputed to inhabit Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. The most frequent speculation is that the creature represents a line of long-surviving plesiosaurs. It is similar to other supposed lake monsters in Scotland and elsewhere, though its description varies from one account to the next.

Popular interest and belief in the animal has fluctuated since it was brought to the world’s attention in 1933. Evidence of its existence is anecdotal, with minimal and much-disputed photographic material and sonar readings. The scientific community regards the Loch Ness Monster as a modern-day myth, and explains sightings as a mix of hoaxes and wishful thinking However there are various flaws in their detection and searching strategies. Despite this, it remains one of the most famous examples of cryptozoology. The legendary monster has been affectionately referred to by the nickname Nessie.

The above are the description of some popular lake monsters which are been reported for the centuries.

Analyzing the Lake Monster Mystery: Illusion or Reality?

Now what skeptics says that they are mere illusion nothing else. What does that mean? Killing of real science? See, what skeptics say?

Skeptic’s case Here is a report of Joe Nickell of Skeptical inquirer. Actually, I feel that if we erred it was on the side of being too open-minded. Ben’s essay, “Eyewitness (Un)Reliability,” appeared as an appendix and simply demonstrated the fact that eyewitnesses are often mistaken. If further evidence is needed, consider a case that transpired in Rotterdam in 1978. A small panda had escaped from a zoo, whereupon officials had issued a media alert. Soon panda sightings—around one hundred in all—were reported across the Netherlands. However, a single animal could not have been in so many places in so short a time; in fact, no one had seen the panda, because it had been killed by a train when it reached railroad tracks near the zoo. How do we explain the many false sightings? The answer is, people’s anticipations led them to misinterpret what they had actually seen—a dog or some wild creature—as the escaped panda. (The publicity generated by the case may even have sparked some hoax calls [Nickell 1995, 43].) If such misperceptions could happen with pandas, surely they could also occur with aquatic cryptids.

Ogopogo 2

[Image Detail: composite drawing of Ogopogo (top) is compared with otters swimming in a line]

Consider, for example, the experience of a senior wildlife technician with New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation, Jon Kopp. As he explained to me, it had been dark and he was in a duck blind on a lake in Clinton County. Suddenly, he saw, heading toward him, a huge, snake-like monster swimming with a sinuous, undulating motion. As it came closer, however, Kopp realized that he saw not one creature but half a dozen—a group of otters swimming in a line diving and resurfacing to create the effect of a single, serpentine creature. “After seeing this,” Kopp said, “I can understand how people can see a ‘sea serpent’”.

Of course, otters are not responsible for all lake-monster sightings, any more than weather balloons are the only instigators of UFO reports. In fact, in Lake Monster Mysteries, I mentioned many possible culprits, such as sturgeon, gar, and other large fish; swimming animals like beavers; deer; long-necked birds; bobbing logs; clumps of dislodged lake-bottom debris; and additional possibilities, including wind sticks and boat wakes. Hoaxes are also possible, and there have been faked monsters on pulleys as well as phony photographs, like the celebrated Loch Ness monster photo, which was publicly revealed as a hoax in 1994.

In fact I tend to agree with his argument. As shown in above illustration it might be possible to misinterpret  herds of  fish  and such other creatures specially when there is already a folklore in that area. The big issue is that skeptics deny them since There is a folklore in that area. The most vulnerable argument!

The case of Blurry Photographs:

When witnesses are asked to show the evidence of  their sightings of lake monsters, they show their blurry photographs. These reports may be truth although there no solid proof including blurry photographs, but science can’t dismiss all eyewitness as it is quite possible that at the instant equipments were not available to be photographed. I think it is very difficult to take high quality and detailed photograph when such unknown and mysterious creature ,about which we have never listen nor seen, is before us. There are previously such creatures are present between us which were thought to be rumor till they were found, like gorilla which was reported as big meat eating monkey like creature, untill it was found alive in 1847. The another example is komodo found alive in 1912 in some islands of indonesia. It was first reported as big ,fierce, meat eating lizard and scientists were discarding its witnesses. The another third is Coelacanth found alive in in 1938. Now it is known as “living fossil”. Then how we can discard all witnesses of such monsters including Loch Ness monster? It is quite possible these creatures may still alive in deep sea and we have no access to them technically. How much we know about deep see? There are critters which have been found about 600 feet below ice , clearly suggesting we have to know  more than we know till now. Why to confine yourself  just to search for known creatures. Without exploring the real phenomenon, directly depicting such creatures as myth is idiocy.

Searching Tactics

I’ve watched the discovery channel’s show quest for lake monsters in which they have explored the lake Tally. There are various flaws which prohibit the detection of such creatures. Many cryptozoologist like James Kirk search for them with their sonar which is not reliable however. Just see the image attached in the left. The red spot is showing the area covered by sonar. You can see in the image how small it is? There is a lot of volume for the lake monsters to hide themselves. They search for lake monsters just for one month(maximum), expecting that they would see the lake monster. Well, how they could expect that they would definitely encounter the lake monsters? Even local residents find themselves unable to see the creature once a month. Most sightings includes 10 sightings per year or so. Since a  researcher can’t see a lake monster in after one month exploration so lake monsters do not exist, won’t be a pretty good argument. There are more than 10 million people who report sightings including literate persons, all are just haunted by illusion and hallucination and some who are not, they are just hoaxing.  Just a few say that lake monsters do not exist and you should accept without using your own logic since they are prestigious researchers?


Are they survived Reptiles?

It may be possible that lake monsters are survived sea reptiles. Plesiosaurs were sea reptiles which lived in late Jurassic period and  CRETACEOUS PERIOD. They were adapted to live  deep in the sea and have more survival versatility than crocks and perhaps they were more intelligent than crocks since they were possibly warm blooded(between warm blooded and cold blooded). So, it is not hard to accept that some of them have survived from K-T extinction crisis like Coelacanth and crocodiles. Possibly, Homo Sapiens are sighting them and they are not myth at all.

[Ref: Wikipedia, CSICOP AND Paranormal Encyclopedia]

About bruceleeeowe
An engineering student and independent researcher. I'm researching and studying quantum physics(field theories). Also searching for alien life.

8 Responses to The Mystery of Lake Monsters: Survived Reptiles Or Illusion?

  1. Mark Louis says:

    Excellent article, Bruce! Nothing to say about that. Excellent argues!!

  2. Mark Twain says:

    I’m strongly against you!! Lake monsters are folklores created by empty minds of illiterate and primitive peoples. There are barely any evidence of such creatures.

  3. unitedcats says:

    When wakes from boats combine, they can form a line of humps or standing waves in the water. Under the right light this can very much look like some sort of huge animal undulating through the water. And the explosion of modern lake monster sightings began when power boats became common recreational vehicles, and were most pronounced in long narrow lakes where this sort of wave effect would be most common.

    Then you have complete absence of carcasses, ever, anywhere. And the oft overlooked detail that most lakes are very temporary geological features, and are at best tens of thousands of years old, if not far far less. Loch Ness had a mile of ice on top of it less than twenty thousand years ago.

    Until someone comes up with a body, I’m with those that say this is more likely a quirk of human psychology, suggestibility, and folklore, than evidence of unknown large lake dwelling cryptids. A shame because I was weaned on Nessie.

  4. Tom Wilkinson says:

    Guys, don’t be narrow minded.
    Unitedcats says:

    When wakes from boats combine, they can form a line of humps or standing waves in the water. Under the right light this can very much look like some sort of huge animal undulating through the water. And the explosion of modern lake monster sightings began when power boats became common recreational vehicles, and were most pronounced in long narrow lakes where this sort of wave effect would be most common.

    well what about lake Tally monster living in lake Tally of Congo Basin. Motor boats are far reached for lake Tally. There is not even a vehicle except a furious jungle filled of deadly creatures. Remember, it is not Hollywood studio, where you are going to create monster illusion using adequate light effects. How many times you have come up with a body of naturally dead whale while it is pretty abundant? There is a series of predators and decomposers. You can see in image how small area a sonar covers up at the moment. There are creature who hide themselves in a environment looking like them. Hiding from detection. Over all it was an excellent article, I have read ever.

    • bruceleeeowe says:

      Thanks, Tom and Empire! Waterhorse like scenario is totally plausible. Earth is pretty big and seas are deep enough! Such creatures existed in prehistoric times.

  5. Tom Wilkinson says:

    Just see comments of Bruce under the case of blurry photographs section.

    There are previously such creatures which are present between us which were thought to be rumor till they were found, like gorilla which was reported as big meat eating monkey like creature, untill it was found alive in 1847. The another example iskomodo found alive in 1912 in some islands of indonesia. It was first reported as big ,fierce, meat eating lizard and scientists were discarding its witnesses. The another third is Coelacanth found alive in in 1938.

  6. empire says:

    Amazing work! Won’t a scenario like shown in ‘waterhorse’ movie , be possible?

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