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 ?