Lake and sea monster news
Did student spot Nessie ? Aug 8, 2016
Lake Hornindalsvatnet is
the deepest in Europe with
depths up to 1686 feet.
This list of lake and sea monsters is by no means complete. There are many other locations with sightings as well. Some of the more common explanations for monster sightings are : logs, otters (Giant Otters can grow up to 6 ft, the otter in this video appears to be a lake monster at first glance, giant sturgeons,giant catfish, and schools of fish.
Could some lake and river monsters be plesiosaurs
long necked reptiles that lived during the Mesozoic Era and died out with the dinosaurs and the end of the Cretaceous with the KT mass extinction
65 million years ago ? While they were marine animals, some fossils have been found in what were then rivers .
However, how could a modern day plesiosaur live in northern latitudes such as Loch Ness and Lake Champlain ? It would have to be a mammal. Some suggest it may be a type of basilosaurus , the elongated snake like ancestor of modern day whales and lived 35-40 million years ago.
Another explanation for Nessie and other European lake monsters is that people are sighting a large European eel (Anguilla anguilla), which live in Loch Ness in large numbers. The common European eel grows to a maximum length of about six feet or 1.8 metres in length. These eels are generally believed to spawn in the Sargasso Sea. The larvae (Leptocephalus) drift towards Europe in a three-hundred-day migration . These eels have the ability to 'walk' on land up to 8 hours.
Some look for an explanation in our own minds. It is all part of our collective unconscious and as the wave of ufo sightings in the 1950s reflect an underlying fear of the Cold War going hot and a wish for an otherworldly savior, lake monster sighting reflect a deep seated need for a monster to exist. People expect and want to see them, so they do.
Known Lake Monster hoaxes.
Click image for larger view .
1964 photo from Australia by Robert Le Serrec. Probable hoax with sheet plastic placed underwater. Still a cool photo.