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Monday, November 17, 2014

Does Nessie's Cousin live in Lake Champlain?

Sandra Mansi's photo of Champ, taken in 1977

There's a new article online about Champ, the lake monster of lake champlain, which is located between New York and Vermont and extends a little up into Canada. Katy Elizabeth and Dennis Hall have been searching for Champ lately and have recorded what they think could be the monster. They think Champ could be a tanystropheus, and Hall even came up with a name for the creature a long time ago: Champtanystropheus. I will correct the article at one point now: it says that tanystropheus was a dinosaur that lived 232 million years ago. Tany was not a dinosaur.
A cool picture of the ancient reptile Tanystropheus

Tanystropheus sie compared to a human

For the rest of the article click here.

Here's a little on Champ from my upcoming book Cryptid U.S.: Tales of Bigfoot, Lake Monsters, and More from Across America.

"By far, the most famous American lake monster is “Champ” of Lake Champlain. Lake Champlain is located between New York and Vermont and extends a little up into Canada. The lake is 109 miles long and its maximum depth is 400 feet - that’s plenty of room for a monster to hide. Lake Champlain is the largest oligotrophic lake in the U.S. with the exception of the great lakes. A couple thousand years ago, the lake was part of a larger body of water called the Champlain Sea, an arm of the Atlantic Ocean. Eventually the lake was cut off from the rest of the sea and became fresh water.
What could be the first sighting of a monster in Lake Champlain occurred in the year 1609. According to historians, Samuel de Champlain, who the lake is named after, saw “a serpent-like creature, about 20 feet long, as thick as a barrel, and with a head like a horse.”"

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