The Creature Files – Episode Fifteen: "The Lake Monster Mash"
Sightings Desk: Footage of the Nahuelito
Creature Feature: Lake Monsters
Special Guest: Shetan Noir
Sea monsters have been a part of mythology and folklore for centuries and we’ve covered several of these sorts of cryptids on the show – both as creature features and at the sightings desk. From the Ogopogo and Catawba river monster sightings to the Kraken with dr. Szabo and Nessie with Ken Gerhardt…But today we are throwing the net out a little wider – see what I did there? The fact is that sightings of lake and river monsters are pervasive. Often they stretch back to stories from the indigenous peoples of a region. And so..although the Loch Ness monster is probably the most famous lake monster. Truth is there are many others being sighted all over the united states and the world. How many are there? Well. A lot. Here just some of the dozens upon dozens of lake monsters lurking around the world…
Nessie, Ogopogo, Thetis Lake Monster, Manipogo, Winnipogo, Cressie, Igopogo, Mussie, Kingstie, Battle River Monster, Ugly Merman, Memphré, Ponik, Canadian Albino Shark, White River Monster, Elsie, Tahoe Tessie, Bunyip, Manitou, Hawkesbury river monster, Sharlie, Beast of Busco, Champ, Hudson River Monster, Bessie, Bear Lake Monster, North Shore Monster, Chipekwe, Mokele mbembe, Auli, Irizima, Mahamba, Lukwata, Nsanga, Eachy Mora, Muckie, Varberg Fortress Moat Monster, Brosno Dragon, Labynkyr Monster, Khaiyr Beast, Lake Van Monster, Lake Tianchi Monster, Loch Oich Monster, Issie, Kusshii, Nahuelito, Lake George Monster, Leelanau Lake Monster, Dublin Lake Monster, Lizzie, Charles Mill Lake Monster, Lake Ontario Serpents, Wallowa Lake Monster, Pressie, Lake Utopia Monster, DeSmet Lake Monster, Prestwood Pete, Monster of Bor Lake...
What are all of these exactly? It’s hard to say but sightings suggest they are a form of freshwater or saltwater sea creature that is often described as having long necks and large bodies with flippers. Many point to the extinct plesiosaur as a possible suspect, of course – according to paleontologists, they’ve been extinct for about sixty five million years. That’s kind of a long time. So are they really still around? Just chillin’ in lakes? Or are these some kind ancestor to those creatures? And why haven’t we caught one yet? Find out more in episode 15 of The Creature Files!