Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Lake Monster Champ Caught on Tape?


Deep, cold lakes across the world are said to conceal mysterious lake monsters, from Loch Ness's Nessie to Okanagan's Ogopogo. The United States has one, too, and in true competitive spirit the creature said to inhabit Lake Champlain, the long stretch of freshwater that divides New York from Vermont, is named Champ. We have perhaps the most convincing evidence of Champ yet now that, as ABC News eloquently puts it, "two respected, not crazy fishermen have videotaped . . . something."
"It was as big around as my thigh," said fisherman Peter Bodette. "I'm 100 percent sure of what we saw. I'm not 100 percent sure of what it was."

"It made my hair stand on end at the time," said fisherman Dick Affolter. "It just didn't fit anything — any creature I had seen."

Affolter said they never saw the entire body.

"What we saw always stayed at the surface and parts of it would come above the water, like the back of the nose or the head," he said.

Link (via Fortean Times). The leading theory is that the creature is a sturgeon, but Bodette and Affolter didn't see fins. "A sturgeon without fins? That's like a yellow perch (Perca flavescens) without six to eight dark vertical bands!"

Indexed by tags cryptozoology, lake, monster, Champlain, Champ, video, fishermen, fishing, sturgeon, yellow, Peter Bodette, Dick Affolter, Vermont, New York.