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midori snyder
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(11/12/05 2:58 pm)

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Lake Monsters
Ok...these are the kind of newspaper articles I live for...weird and wonderful stuff. Somehow the Scandinavians are great for this stuff.

Here's a bit from an article on the recent removal of an alleged lake monsters from Sweden's animal endangered list:

"STOCKHOLM, Sweden - A mythical monster, believed by some to have lived for hundreds of years in the murky depths of a Swedish lake, is now fair game for hunters if they can find it. Authorities have agreed to lift its endangered species protection.

Hundreds of people claim to have spotted a large serpent-like creature in Lake Storsjon in the northwestern province of Jamtland, and in 1986 the regional council put it on a list of endangered animals."

Can't wait to see what results. I started idly looking into Lake Monsters (anything I guess to avoid grading papers...) and was amazed to discover there are quite a few beyond the famed Nessie.

gigi
Unregistered User
(11/14/05 7:35 pm)
lake monsters
What about Champ the monster in The US Lake Champlain (its in NY)

Writerpatrick
Registered User
(11/15/05 10:04 am)
Re: lake monsters
Almost every lake has one, with the possible exception of The Great Lakes.

Ogopogo is probably the most famous Canadian one. A web search should find others.

cammykitty
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(11/15/05 11:41 am)
Re: lake monsters
Oh but the Great Lakes have their ghost stories - I've got a book on them at home but haven't gotten around to reading them. Can't have weird wrecks like the Edmond Fitzgerald without a ghost story.

And as for the lakes in Minneapolis, they dredged them in the last ten years and found a huge sturgeon (dead) or something like that claimed to be bigger than a very big man. So alas, we locals missed a good chance at starting credible monster sightings.

And the fisherman around here would tell you we don't have lake monsters because the Muskies drove them away. :-)

bielie
Unregistered User
(11/15/05 4:17 pm)
Lake monsters
We have two lake monstrs in South Africa:
-There is a monster in the Vaal Dam: A gigantic catfish the size of a truck. An the second one is not a monster, but a mermaid. and she does not live in a lake but in th eLittle Karoo, which is pobably on of the driests parts of the country. Hoe she manages to stay alive there is beyond me.

Judith Berman
Registered User
(11/15/05 8:45 pm)
Re: lake monsters
Great Lakes: there's a ton of stuff in Iroquoian and Algonquian traditions about Underwater Panther and like monsters.

Brett Cox read a story at Worldcon based on news articles about a rash of sightings, from late 19th/early 20th c., of a sea monster(s) off the New England coast. The story was set in Rockport, ME, but the sightings numerous, apparently well attested, and occurred in a number of marine locales. I've forgotten now where he said the story was to be published...

gigi
Unregistered User
(11/15/05 9:05 pm)
great Lake Monsters
I live in Michigan and we had to study native American Myth last year.

We studided the Objibwa mainly and they tell a tales of The great horned snake Mishe Beshi. He is considered an evil creature yet he also does good. He is opposed to the trickster God a rabit called Nana Bozho.


Mishe Beshi lives in underwater caverns. he has givven magic to people in return for things. Mishe Beshi has given Copper to the Indians. In the North West of the Upper Peninsula there are copper deposits which make the water a green coloeur.

So he is a more evil god (native americans really dont have black and white charcters) who gave copper to the indians, lives in caverns underwater where hte water turns green.


gigi

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