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Lake Champlain's famous monster "Champ"

Champ is the name given to a reputed lake monster supposedly living in Lake Champlain. While authorities typically regard Champ as legend, some believe it is possible such a big creature does live deep in the lake.

Evidence for such animals is almost exclusively in the form of frequently-numerous eyewitness reports. Relatively few still photographs, almost no motion picture or videotapes, and no living animals or animal remains have been produced. Such photographic/film/video evidence as has been produced has, upon close analysis, been concluded by the majority of mainstream scientists (and many cryptozoologists) to be inconclusive at best, and more often to be misidentified, known phenomena or else outright hoaxes. In the case of the famous surgeon's photo of the Loch Ness Monster, one of the hoaxers has come forward, but believers dismiss his testimony. Reported sightings commonly describe either a hump or series of humps, an extremely long neck with a visible head, or both, rising from, swimming about in, and/or disappearing into the water. Reports of such animals being seen on land are rare.

 

Lake monster or loch monster is the name given to large unknown animals which have purportedly been sighted in, and/or are believed to dwell in freshwaters, although their existence has never been confirmed scientifically. Most of them have no evidence besides alleged sightings and controversial photographs and a large portion are generally believed not to exist by conventional zoology and allied sciences, and are principally the subject of investigations by followers of cryptozoology. Sightings are often similar to some sea monsters.

Of these, Nessie of Loch Ness is almost certainly the most famous, and is promoted heavily in the area's tourist industry.

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Also: Lake Monsters of North America


Story by Gene R. Hampton

Champ is the name given to a reputed lake monster supposedly living in Lake Champlain. While authorities typically regard Champ as legend, some believe it is possible such a big creature does live deep in the lake.

Like the Loch Ness Monster, Champ is generally believed to be a plesiosaur, an extinct group of aquatic reptiles. A few people believe that the animal is a Tanystropheus, leading to Champ being given an unofficial scientific name, Champtanystropheus, although this theory has received little attention by the mainstream scientific community. A recent sound recording of Champ, consisting of numerous echolocation clicks, suggests that Champ may be a freshwater whale or dolphin. However, sightings of Champ do not describe a dorsal fin.

According to legend and eye witness accounts, a monster dwells in Lake Champlain, a 125-mile-long body of fresh water that is shared by New York and Vermont and just a few miles into Quebec, Canada.

Champ is highly revered by many in the area and has become a revenue-generating attraction. For example, the village of Port Henry, New York, has erected a giant model of Champ and holds "Champ Day" on the first Saturday of every August.

As the mascot of Vermont's lone Minor League Baseball affiliate, the Vermont Lake Monsters, Champ became even more of a star of the team after the team was renamed from the Vermont Expos to the Vermont Lake Monsters after the end of the Montreal Expos. Champ has been the primary attraction of the New York - Penn League affiliate since their inception. Several nearby establishments, including a car wash, use "Champ" as a logo. There is also a town that has a tracking board that records every Champ sighting for the last 100 years; the latest was in 2005.

According to legend, the first European account of Champ was made in 1609 by French explorer Samuel de Champlain — the founder of Québec and the lake's namesake — who spotted the creature as he was fighting the Iroquois on the bank of the lake. However, in actuality no such sighting was recorded, and it has since been traced back to a 1970 article.

Champ recent News Please also see: Something fishy seen in lake video, but is it Champ? Plattsburgh Press Republican - ‎Jun 4, 2009‎

Last summer, there were few reported sightings of the legendary lake monster. Its first sighting was in 1609 by French explorer Samuel de Champlain, ...

PORT HENRY — A Vermont man shot a cell-phone video that some people are calling a new sighting of the legendary Lake Champlain creature, Champ.

Eric Olsen, 37, a Web site developer and musician in Burlington, posted the two-minute video on YouTube.

He said he shot it Sunday at about 5:30 a.m. from Oakledge Park near the Burlington waterfront.

The blurry clip shows a swimming animal raise its head above water several times, then drop from sight.

Although many people are saying the creature could be Champ, Olsen isn't one of them.

"I put this up because it was strange, not because I think it is Champ," he wrote in his comments on YouTube. "I shot this video, with cellphone, of something in the lake at Oakledge Park on Sunday."

 

 

Long before that, however, two Native American tribes, the Iroquois and the Abenaki, are alleged to have talked of such a creature and celebrated its existence. The Abenaki gave it the name "Tatoskok."

Sightings varied over the years, but the next important sighting came in 1883 when Sheriff Nathan H. Mooney claimed that he had seen a “…gigantic water serpent about 50 yards away” from where he was on the shore. He claimed that he was so close that he could see “round white spots inside its mouth” and that “the creature appeared to be about 25 to 30 feet in length”. Mooney’s sighting led to many eyewitnesses coming forward with their own accounts of Champ sightings. Mooney’s story predated the public Loch Ness controversy by 50 years. Since that report, there have been more than 240 recorded sightings.

The reason some believe that Champ may be a plesiosaur like “Old Nessie” is because the two lakes have much in common. For example, like Loch Ness, Lake Champlain is over 400 feet deep. Also both lakes were formed following the Ice Age about 10,000 years ago and both lakes support fish populations large enough to feed a supposed sea or lake monster.

Champ became so popular that the late P. T. Barnum, in the early 19th century, put a reward of $50,000 up for a carcass of Champ. Barnum wanted the carcass of Champ so that he could include it in his epic World’s Fair Show (Krystek 3). Sightings continued through the 19th and 20th centuries, but no remains or any other physical evidence has ever been recovered.

The most remarkable photo of a Champ appearance was taken in 1977, by amateur photographer Sandra Mansi. [1] The photo appears to show what is said to be a plesiosaur-like neck and body sticking out of the lake.

According to Mansi, she heard her children screaming and turned toward the shallow water by the shore where they were playing. Seeing the creature, she took the photo as her fiancée, Anthony, grabbed her children. Mansi had several photo experts examine the picture and they concluded that the picture has not been tampered with in any way. Those experts also stated that they believe it to be a living creature. Mansi later showed the photo, which is similar to the famous "Surgeon's photo" of the Loch Ness Monster, to Joseph W. Zarzynski.

Zarzynski—founder of the Lake Champlain Phenomena Investigation and a Wilton, New York Social Studies teacher—took the photo to Gorge Zug of the Smithsonian Institute’s Department of Vertebrate Zoology. Zug states that the creature in the photo does not resemble any creature or animal living in Lake Champlain, that he knows of.

The creature has become so famous and so much a part of life in Vermont and New York that both states passed laws to protect the monster. The creature was put on the endangered species list only as a precaution. The law will protect the creature if anyone eventually does come upon a Champ. Quebec has not placed Champ on its list of endangered animals.

Recent sightings
Champ reportedly can be seen in a video taken by fishermen Dick Affolter and his stepson Pete Bodette in the summer of 2005. Unfortunately, the video has been removed. However, frames can be viewed here. [8] In the video, something appears under the water near the fisherman's boat and some Champ defenders are calling it the best proof the monster truly exists. Close examination of the images may be interpreted either as a head and neck of a plesiosaur-like animal and even an open mouth in one frame and a closed mouth in another; or as a fish or eel (see top link for frames). Although two retired FBI forensic image analysts, who reviewed the tape, said it appears authentic and unmanipulated, one of them added that "there's no place in there that I can actually see an animal or any other object on the surface."

 

One piece of (still inconclusive) evidence, though not a "sighting" per se, is the recording of what seems to be echolocation from within the lake by the Fauna Communications Research Institute in 2003, working as part of a Discovery Channel program. The group has concluded that the sounds they have recorded are similar to that of a Beluga Whale or perhaps an Orca, although no dolphin or whale species is known to live in the lake. Study of the Mansi Photo in this context has led to speculation that rather than a neck and head, the photo shows a flipper of some large animal in the act of rolling.

 

Lake monster locations and names

Argentina
Lago Nahuel Huapi (Nahuelito)

Australia
Bunyip
Monster Tadpole

Canada
Lake Manitoba (Manitoba - Manipogo)
Lake Simcoe (Ontario - Kempenfelt Kelly)
Okanagan Lake (British Columbia - Ogopogo)
Lake Memphrémagog (Quebec, partly in USA)
Muskrat Lake (Ontario - Mussie)

Chile
Lago Las Rocas


China
Lake Kanas
CCTV News: Unknown Creatures in Lake Kanas
Tian Chi

Iceland
Kleifarvatn

Ireland
Lough Derg
Lough Eske
Lough Keane
Lough Muck
Lough Ree

Italy
Lake Garda
Lake Maggiore (partly in Switzerland)

Japan
Lake Ikeda
Lake Kussharo
Lake Pogmani

Kazakhstan
Ozero Koskol'

Malaysia
Tasik Chini

Norway
Mjøsa
Rømsjøen
Seljordsvatnet
Snåsa

Russia
Lake Baikal (Siberia)
Lake Brosno
Lake Khaiyr

Spain
Llac de Banyoles, Catalonia

Sweden
Torne träsk in Norrbotten
Malgomaj in Västerbotten
Tavelsjön in Västerbotten
Råsvalen in Västmanland
Åmänningen in Västmanland
Storsjön in Jämtland - Storsjöodjuret
Kallsjön in Jämtland
Norra Dellen in Hälsingland
Södra Dellen in Hälsingland
Gryttjen in Hälsingland - Gryttie
Judarn in Stockholm
Svarttjärn in Stockholm
Vättern in Östergötland
Salstern in Östergötland
Regnaren in Östergötland
Stensjön in Östergötland
Lickasjön in Östergötland
Svartsjön in Östergötland
Stora resjön in Östergötland
Västjutten in Östergötland
Åmmelången in Närke
Fegen in Småland
Sommen in Småland
Tingstäde träsk in Gotland
Mjörn in Västergötland
Bullaren in Bohuslän

Turkey
Lake Van

United Kingdom
For Scotland please see List of Scottish loch-monsters

Bala Lake (Wales)
Bassenthwaite Lake (England) - Eachy
Windermere (England) - Eachy

United States
Bear Lake (Idaho-Utah), (Idaho/Utah)
Lake Champlain (Vermont, New York and Quebec, USA/Canada) - Champ
Chesapeake Bay, (Maryland/Virginia) - Chessie
Clear Lake (California)
Lake Elsinore, (California)
Lake Erie (USA/Canada)- Bessie
Flathead Lake (Montana)
Fulk's Lake (Indiana) - Beast of Busco/Oscar the Turtle
Green Acres Lake (Clovis, New Mexico)
Pomme de Terre Lake (Missouri)
Lake Ponchartrain (Louisiana) Ponchie
Raystown Lake (Huntingdon, Pennsylvania) - Raystown Ray
Seneca Lake (New York)
Lake Superior (USA/Canada)-Pressie
Lake Tahoe (California/Nevada)
Lake Winnisquam (Tilton/New Hampshire)

Zimbabwe
Lake Kariba - Nyaminyami

 


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Often called the Ghost Hunter's, Ghost Hunter, Lanier strives to uncover the truth! Known to many as the Best and most knowledgeable ghost hunter in the field today, Lanier continues to explore many areas of the Paranormal that many others fear to tread.

Lanier's investigations have been the focus of many Paranormal Radio Shows and as a Paranormal consultant to those that seek her valuable advice and reasoning.

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