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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.
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.
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
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.
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.  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
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.
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.  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
Lago Nahuel Huapi (Nahuelito)
Lake Manitoba (Manitoba - Manipogo)
Lake Simcoe (Ontario - Kempenfelt
Okanagan Lake (British Columbia -
Lake Memphrémagog (Quebec,
partly in USA)
Muskrat Lake (Ontario - Mussie)
Lago Las Rocas
CCTV News: Unknown Creatures in Lake
Lake Maggiore (partly in Switzerland)
Lake Baikal (Siberia)
Llac de Banyoles, Catalonia
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
For Scotland please see List of Scottish
Bala Lake (Wales)
Bassenthwaite Lake (England) - Eachy
Windermere (England) - Eachy
Bear Lake (Idaho-Utah), (Idaho/Utah)
Lake Champlain (Vermont, New York
and Quebec, USA/Canada) - Champ
Chesapeake Bay, (Maryland/Virginia)
Clear Lake (California)
Lake Elsinore, (California)
Lake Erie (USA/Canada)- Bessie
Flathead Lake (Montana)
Fulk's Lake (Indiana) - Beast of Busco/Oscar
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)
Lake Kariba - Nyaminyami
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