We love our lake monsters, don’t we? Everyone is familiar with Nessie, but here are a few you might not know:
Brosno Dragon – Lake Brosno, West Russia. Said to resemble a dragon or dinosaur, with potential sightings going back to the 13th century.
Lagarfljóts Worm - Lagarfljót, Iceland. Otherwise known as the Iceland Worm Monster. Walks on land and swims in the water, spits poison. Mean beastie, but that may be because it was thrown in a cold lake when it was just a baby monster.
Morag - Loch Morar, Scotland. Nessie may be Scotland’s best known monster, but it certainly isn’t the country’s sole lake cryptid. Catching sight of Morag’s undulating humps are considered a bad omen. Hmmm…just like my dancing. No good ever comes from my dancing.
Josh – Lake Ray Hubbard, Texas, United States. Yes, it’s name is Josh. Because when I see a long-extinct, gargantuan, predatory bony fish, my first thought will be “I think he looks like a ‘Josh’, doesn’t he?”
And we have at least one of our own lake monsters here in Minnesota! Although with 10,000 lakes who’s surprised, really?
Pepie – Lake Pepin, Lake City, MN. According to those who claim to have seen Pepie, it looks just like Nessie and may even be a relative! The native Dakota people were wary of it’s ability to puncture their canoes, but local mythology says Pepie is shy, gentle and playful. Look – here’s a drawing of the creature from first-person accounts:
But wait – there may be a newly-discovered lake creature in Minnesota! I was hiking out at the Wood Lake Park Reserve in Richfield, MN last week, and I was crossing over the marsh when I spotted this beast! It had blood red eyes, teeth glistening with venom and it chomped down whole mallards in one gulp! It disappeared back into the depths before I could show anybody else, but I did manage to snap a photo of the monster – incontrovertible evidence!
Anyone want to take a guess at the true identity of the Wood Lake lake monster? Anybody but Craig M. I know that Craig knows what this is, and now he knows that I know, so we both know that he can’t say what he knows.
Several people guessed “beaver” on the MN Skeptics facebook page and in the comments below. The hideous beast is actually a muskrat, which looks pretty similar to a beaver even when the photo isn’t blurry. So good job, you skeptics! Here’s a better picture of the cutie…errrr…the terrifying lake monster: