Where is Champ ? Will 2014 provide more sightings and evidence of Lake Champlains Champ

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Perhaps the most popular lake monster in the world after that of the Loch Ness Monster is said to inhabit the waters of Lake Champlain and goes by nickname of Champ. Lake Champlain borders both Vermont and New York in the United States and a bit of the Canadian border. There have been over 300 recorded sighting reports of Lake Champlains Champ going all way back to 1883. Many skeptics believe sightings of Champ are simply cases of misidentification of just common animals that can be found in the lake or even inanimate objects while others point to many being just hoaxes. But believers in the creature claim that something yet undiscovered does inhabit the lake and could possibly be that of a Plesiosaur or some other large animal. Among the various sightings of Champ there has been some pretty interesting photo’s and videos that believers point to as proof of its existence.
 

One of the most famous photos believed to be that of Champ was taken by Sarah Mansi back in 1977 while she was on vacation. Now known as the Mansi photo it seems to show a Plesiosaur type creature with its body and neck sticking out of the water. It has been studied multiple times by various experts and nothing has even been found to suggest it isn’t a legitimate photograph. Here is the actual Mansi photo so you can look over and decide for yourself if it is indeed Champ.
 

 

Then in 2003 while part of a Discovery Channel program a Fauna Communications Research Institute team captured recordings of echolocation with in the lake. It was concluded that the recordings were not of a known animal although they were similar to that of a Beluga Whale or Orca none of which have ever been seen in Lake Champlain.
 

Then in 2005 two fishermen Dick Affolter and his stepson Pete Bodette shot a video which is believed to have captured images of Champ. The videos seems to have captured what could be a neck or head of a Plesiosaur type creature and even one frame possibly an open mouth and another a closed mouth. Two retired forensic image analysts that worked for the FBI reviewed the video and said it appeared to be 100% authentic. This along with Mansi photo is considered some of the best evidence that proves Champ does indeed exists. Here are still shots from the video of the object in the lake along with the Champ video itself for you too look over and decide if it is indeed Champ.
 

 

 

 

 

Since that 2005 Champ video sightings continue to trickle in but nothing of substance has again surfaced in form of photo’s or videos. Will 2014 produce added evidence that Lake Champlain is indeed the home of the lake monster Champ or perhaps the legendary creature itself ?

 

Latest Search for Champ at Lake Champlain

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A research group called “Champ Search” traveled to Lake Champlain in search of evidence of the elusive lake monster that is believed to inhabit its waters bordering New York and Vermont. The search team was founded by young Cryptozoologists Katy Elizabeth who herself says she had a sighting of the creature on Lake Champlain. Her sighting prompted her to start the non-profit group to study and investigate the lake monster known as “Champ“. She is also the author of the book “Water Horse of Lake Champlain” which is a very interesting read and is available on Amazon for anyone interested. Here is a video of the Champ Search team doing their thing on the latest trip out to Lake Champlain as they continue to gather evidence and research the mysterious creature. You can check out the website here for more information on the group Champ Search.

 

 


Famous Mansi Photograph of Champ on Lake Champlain from 1977

 

Tianchi Lake Monster Latest Sighting

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There has been another reported sighting of the Tianchi Lake monster in China. Wu Chengzhi a volcano monitoring station worker claims to have seen the monster swimming around the lake while measuring water temperatures. It was around 5  a.m. according to Chengzhi when he and his colleague arrived at the northern slope of the Changbai Mountains and they then began taking their routine measurements of Tianchi Lake’s water temperatures. As they collected the water samples he spotted an odd v-shaped ripple out on the lake which was calm and quite at the surface. At the ripples forefront a black point began peeking out of the water that was swimming forward at a relatively high speed. Chengzhi was able to get a photo of the head what he believed was the Tianchi Lake monster. It isn’t of very good quality and it seems to look somewhat like a fawn’s head out of the water. Locals have long believed that the lake also known as “Heaven Lake” because its perched atop the Changbai Mountains is a holy lake and that lake monsters have inhabited its waters for centuries. Sightings of the Tianchi lake monster date back all the way to 1903.

 

Here is the Tianchi Lake Monster Photo taken by Chengzhi:

 

 

 

 

Is There A Lake Monster Near You To Visit This Summer

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With summer just around the corner many of us are going to be looking to get in more outdoor activites and maybe even a little summer travel. With so many options for your summer vacation already being covered maybe its time for something new , how about a trip to visit your local lake monster ? When most people hear “lake monster” they think of the more popular creatures like Nessie , Champ, and Ogopogo among others but many of these require extensive travel for majority of people. But if you need a more budget conscious style of vacation that doesn’t mean you still cant visit a lake monster near you. That’s right why not just visit your own local lake monster chances are there is one a lot closer then you think.

 
There are approximately 90 plus lakes and large bodies of water around the world that are said to be home to mysterious lake and river creatures. So no matter where you are around the world there is likely a creature to visit right around the corner. Now all you have to do is pack up your gear and drive your way out to catch a glimpse of the mysterious creature lurking in your area. Wanna know where these creatures are located and the closest one to you ? Here is a break down of lake monster claims from around the world.

 

 

First on the lake monster tally is the United States with nineteen states and a total of 25 bodies of water with claims of creatures. California leads the way with a record four lake monster claims , followed by Minnesota with two. Vermont and New York have one each respectively and they both lay claim to being the home of the Lake Champlain creature named “Champ” so they each get credited with one and half claims.

 
Second on the lake monster tally is Canada coming in with a reported 18 total creature claims. Ontario lead the way with reports of six lakes having creatures lurking in their waters. Quebec has four reported monsters and Manitoba has two. The rest of the provinces claims one lake monster each.

 
Third on the lake monster tally is Zambia in Africa. This Aftican nation offers a total of six lakes reportedly inhabited by lake monsters.

 
Fourth of the lake monster tally is England. There are four reported lake monster roaming the waters of England although these can be divided into two each between Wales and England giving them each two.

 
Fifth on the lake monster tally is Scotland. Although home of one of the most well known lake monster in Nessie of Loch Ness as total numbers go there are a reported three beasties inhabiting local lake waters. Also tied at fifth along with Scotland offering three lake monsters each respectively are Sweden, Russia , Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Republic of the Congo.

 
Sixth on the lake monster tally claiming two lake monsters each are New Zealand, China, Australia, and Japan.

 
The rest of the reported lake monsters can be found spread across the globe in Norway, Turkey, Angola, Argentina, Iceland, Costa Rica, Germany, Philippines, Cameroon, Malaysia, Chad, Zimbabwe, and Kenya.

 

For a more detailed list of lake monsters and their location see Wikipedia.

 

Siberian Loch Ness Monster Remains Found

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In one of the worlds coldest lakes in the remote area of Siberia in Russia a mysterious creature was said to lurk. Lake Labynkyr has depths of up to 80 meters or over 260 feet and the locals have long reported sightings of a large creature that inhabits its waters. The creature is known as the Siberian Loch Ness Monster and a group of scientist called RGO underwater research team think they may have founds the creatures remains.

 

Dmitry Shiller the head of the RGO underwater research team dove down to the depths of Lake Labynkyr the first time any man has been down to the lake bottom. The expeditions aim was to gather samples of water , fauna, and flora from lake and to get some footage of the lake bottom. But according to scientist along with help from a underwater scanner they discovered much more the jaws and skeletal remains of a large unknown creature on the lake bottom. They believe this could very well be the remains of the Siberian Loch Ness Monster.

 
The Russian Geografical Society said in a statement that in their opinion the fact has a real chance to be registered in the Guinness Book of Records. Many are still skeptical as to what kind of creature the remains actually belong to and want to wait for more information and proof before they buy into any claims of it being the Siberian version of the Loch Ness Monster.

 

Five lesser-known U.S. cryptids and monsters

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Most people have heard of cryptids and monster such as Bigfoot also known as Sasquatch and the Loch Ness Monster. Some people even a little more into creatures and monsters may have heard of other cryptids like the chupacabras , Jersey Devil , Mothman, and even Champ. But there are still several more lesser-known cryptids , creepy creatures , and mythical monsters that can be found in the United States. Here are five cryptids that you probably never heard of. Maybe one of these mysterious creature resides near you and you never even knew it !

 

1. Tahoe Tessie : location – California and Nevada

This lake monster is said to inhabit the waters of Lake Tahoe. Sightings of the creature go all way back to the 19th century where the local Paiute and Washoe tribes claimed the creature lived in an underwater tunnel. The creature has been nicknames Tessie. Sightings of Tessie still continue today and witnesses describe the creature as being anywhere from 10 to 80 feet long and a black or turquoise serpentine like body. Some believe that Tessie could very well be a Plesiosaur , Mosasaur, or Icthyosaur because fossils of these creatures have all been found in local area. Legendary undersea explorer Jacques Cousteau allegedly emerged from a expedition in Lake Tahoe via a submarine and said “The world isn’t ready for whats down there” !

2. Lizard Man of Scape Ore Swamp : location – South Carolina

This creature known as the Lizard Man is said to live in the swamps of Lee County , South Carolina. Described as a 7 foot tall reptilian humanoid like cryptid its sightings go all way back to 1988. A eye witness report was filed by Christopher Davis who saw the creature while he was beside the Scape Ore Swamp changing a tire. Davis claimed he seen creature running toward him and got in his car to escape and the creature jumped onto the top of his roof and clung to it as he tried to get it off. When he returned home he noticed his side-view mirror had been damaged and he had deep scratches across his roof left by the creature. More these types of sightings and reports of lizard like creatures continued to be sent to local police. Local law enforcement was skeptical but did note that multiple reports from reliable people lead them to believe that something was indeed being seen although likely a bear. But some large three-toed footprints were discovered in the area in which plaster casts were made and the S.C. Marine Resource Department upon examining them said they were unclassifiable. A recent report from 2011 by a local couple claiming there car was attacked showed damage similar to the 1988 Lizard Man incident according to Lee County Sheriffs officer.

3. Pope Lick Monster : location – Kentucky

The creature is said to reside in Louisville Kentucky along the railway trestle over Pope Lick Creek. The creature is said to be a human-goat hybrid with a deformed human torso and a horned head with goat legs. There are several local legends linked to the origins of the creature from a reincarnated farmer who would sacrifice goats in order to obtain Satanic powers to a circus freak who escaped and vowed revenge on area because he was mistreated. Stories of how the creature claims its victims also vary with some who believe the creature uses voice mimicry luring trespassers into oncoming trains and others who believe that it slays its victims using an ax. The Pope Lick Train Trestle has become a destination for many including thrill-seekers because of these legends and there the location has seen a number of deaths.

4. Chessie : location – Virginia and Maryland

This lake monster sometimes called a sea monster is said to inhabit the waters of Chesapeake Bay. Sightings of the mysterious creature have been reported going back to the 1970′s. The creature has been described as being between 25 to 40 feet long with a finned serpent-like body. There was a video tape of what many believe may have been the creature in 1982 showing a large brownish object moving like a snake from side to side but it has never been fully substantiated. There was another notable sighting of Chessie in 1997.

5. Ozark Howler : location – Ozark Mountains

This creature is said to roam the Ozark Mountains through the states of Texas , Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. The creature is described as a large black cat that has glowing eyes and horns. It gained its name from a very loud eerie howl that it makes as it travels through the mountains. There are many theories as to what the creature may actually be including some cryptozoologist who think it may be an unrecognized large cat while some evolutionists think it could be some type of hybrid or mutated mountain lion breed. Still many skeptics think that the legends and stores of the Howler were likely inspired by a British folklore called the black dog of death.

Russia has its own Lake Monster known as Nesski

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Could there be a Siberian Nessie ? Does a lake monster roam the waters of one of the worlds most remote lakes. There are claims of a Siberian Loch Ness Monster and now Russian academics are calling for a probe. Evidence has been found by researchers using underwater scanners of a creature measuring up to 33 feet in length in the waters of Lake Labynkyr claims latest report. The native Evenk and Yakut people have long claimed that a mysterious underwater creature inhabited the lake waters.

 

 
The mysterious Russian lake monster has been nicknamed “Nesski“. Could Russia indeed have its own lake monster ? This is a picture that some believe may be of the mysterious lake monster Nesski.

 

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The Burley Beast of Canberra Australia

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Tim the Yowieman sets out to explore the legend of the Burley Beast on a cold midwinter day in Canberra. This creature is said to lurk under the waters of Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra the capital of Australia. Reports of a strange aquatic creature have begun to mount and they have many wondering what may be under the lakes tranquil waters. Could Australia have its own mysterious lake monster ?

 

 

Raystown Lake Monster

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Is there a lake monster living in the waters of Raystown Lake in Pennsylvania ? The creature known as Raystown Ray is said to reside in Huntingdon county’s Raystown lake. There have been many reports of sightings over the years and various photo’s taken of the lake monster many showing a large shadowy figure just below the surface of the lake. The creature has been dubbed by many as Pennsylvania’s Loch Ness Monster. Here is the most interesting photo of Raystown Ray to date.

raystown ray

But multiple reports and sighting and media interest in the creature caused the Huntingdon County Visitors Bureau to put out a press release in April of 2006. Here is the original press release ….

For decades there have been many sightings of a creature in Huntingdon County’s Raystown Lake. Old photos show large shadowy figures just below the surface, boaters describing sudden water turbulence and strange appearances of a large water creature, Raystown Ray.”We’ve known it’s been in there a while now,” admitted Managing Director of Raystown Lake Dwight Beall when he was asked his thoughts on this astonishing discovery. “It’s a private creature, but it comes out around this time of year. Call it Raystown’s own Punxatawny Phil.” Call it what you will, but this is no ground hog swimming in the water. It seems that our favorite Pennsylvania lake may now have a mascot.
When asked his professional opinion, Jeff Krause, Wildlife Biologist at Raystown Lake submitted the following statement in writing: “I believe it must be a vegetarian. We have not seen any evidence of this animal taking fish, geese, otters, or ducks. So I would suggest that our swimmers and boaters are very safe. It appears this animal’s habits are similar to Manatees, which are completely herbivorous and gentle. The increase of weed beds around the lake is probably providing more food in the shallows for herbivores and that would increase sightings.” Krause concluded with, “Even if a visitor does not get a chance to see ‘Ray’ while at the lake, there is an excellent chance to see nesting Bald Eagles and recently re-introduced Osprey and River Otters, which were not present just a few years ago.”
It is a wonder how “Ray” has managed to stay submersed with nearly 2 million visitors frequenting the lake each year to fulfill their boating and other recreational activity needs. According to Raystown Lake staff, the lake spans about 30 miles and contains 8,300 acres of water. With depths of the lake being over 185 feet deep, the lake remains over 100 feet deep at Seven Points, which is 10 miles upstream from the dam. With numerous coves, submerged timber, and other structures there is plenty of room for “Ray” to hide.

Sightings of the Raystown Lake monster still continue to be reported. Although disputed as pure myth and legend by some many believe what they have seen to be a yet unidentified creature in the lake.

Alaska’s Iliamna Lake monster – Nessie of the North

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The Iliamna Lake Monster is said to roam beneath the waters near the small Alaskan village of Iliamna. The lake monster is known to the locals as “illie” and has reported sightings going all the way back to the 1940′s. The unknown cryptid is reported to be anywhere from 10-30 feet long with a square shaped head. The monster has been reported to use its head to hit things such as small boats. The most recent reported sighting of the creature was in 1988 when several locals seen the creature from land and water.

Alaska's Iliamna Lake Monster

“Possible photo of Alaska’s Iliamna Lake Monster”


Some believe the creature in Lake Iliamna may be similar to other lake monsters like Ogopogo from Lake Okanogan or Nessie from Loch Ness although disputed by some because descriptions of illie don’t seem to match the serpent like descriptions of these other lake monsters. Some believe this creature may possibly be a large White Sturgeon a theory put forth by biologist Jeremy Wade from the popular Animal Planet show “River Monsters”.

A new theory has now been put forth by scientist that this creature and some other lake monsters in the region may actually be sleeper sharks. Sharks in Loch Ness has been a long standing hypothesis for explaining the creature seen there but the suggestion of them possibly being sleeper sharks is a new twist. These sharks can exceed 20 feet in length and weigh upwards of 4 tons and could possibly use these lakes as a food source. The abundance of salmon in both lake Iliamna and Loch Ness could possibly lure in these sharks. There are still many unknowns about these creature and some people already discount this theory all together but expeditions are planned to both Lake Iliamna and Loch Ness this year and in 2013 to try and get video of these sharks in the lakes or of the lake monsters themselves.