Lake Monster Mysteries: Investigating the World's Most Elusive Creatures

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University Press of Kentucky, May 5, 2006 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 208 pages
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For centuries, eyewitnesses around the world—from America to Africa, Argentina to Scotland—have reported sightings of dark, mysterious creatures in area lakes that surface briefly, only to quickly disappear. While the most famous lake monsters of Loch Ness and Lake Champlain have gained international notoriety, hundreds of lakes around the world are said to shelter these shadowy creatures. Lake Monster Mysteries is the first book to examine these widespread mysteries from a scientific perspective. By using exhaustive research and results from firsthand investigations to help separate truth from myth, the authors foster our understanding of what really lurks in the cold, murky depths. Benjamin Radford and Joe Nickell are considered to be among the top lake monster authorities in the world. Here they share unique insights into many of the world’s best-known lake monsters. They interview witnesses and local experts and discuss the different types of lake monster sightings, delve into possible explanations for those sightings, and examine hoaxes, evidence claims, and legends surrounding the monsters. The authors have also conducted groundbreaking fieldwork and experiments at the lakes and have examined recent photographic and sonar evidence. Incorporating newly-revealed information and up-to-date developments in the cases they present, professional monster hunters Radford and Nickell plunge into both the cultural histories of these creatures and the scientific inquiries that may hold the key to these mysteries.
 

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I have been cut by memphrie's tail and he has come after me a few times when I am in the water I look like a fish because I have freckles I know that he is in this lake because when my family and I where out on the boat he jumped out of the lake and swam at our boat because he wanted to eat me.
I have witnesses he is really there
 

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Ben and Joe have their minds made up ahead of time. Not a very subjective look at a fascinating subject. Check out Zarzynsky's Champ- Beyond the Legend if you want to read about the 300 sightings that are ignored by the not so Dynamic Duo. If you want to read about how the Mansi photo is a stick, this is the book for you. Woo-Hoo ! 

Contents

Loch Ness
11
Lake Champlain
27
Lake Memphremagog
71
Silver Lake
79
Lake Crescent
89
Lake George
101
Lake Okanagan
111
Other Notable Lake Monsters
137
Conclusion
149
APPENDIXES
153
Eyewitness Un Reliability
161
Animating The Champ Photograph
165
Ogopogo Film And Video Analysis
168
Index
175
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Page xii - ... to the minute descriptions of the 'sea serpent' which are revived from time to time in newspaper columns. It has been repeatedly seen within the last fortnight by crowds of people, many of whom have come from the remotest parts of the parish to witness the uncommon spectacle. The animal is described by some as being in appearance and size like a 'huge peat stack', whilst others affirm that a 'six-oared boat' could pass between the huge fins which are occasionally visible.
Page xii - Lewis is at present the scene of an unusual occurrence. This is no less than the appearance in one of the inland fresh water lakes of an animal which from its great size and dimensions has not a little puzzled our island naturalists. Some suppose him to be a description of the hitherto mythical water-kelpie; while others refer to the minute descriptions of the 'sea serpent' which are revived from time to time in newspaper columns.
Page xiv - Cryptozoology A to Z: The Encyclopedia of Loch Monsters, Sasquatch, Chupacabras, and other Authentic Mysteries of Nature. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1999.
Page xvi - Randi and his professional debunking colleagues at the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal. Just because they are professional 'Doubting Thomases' does not mean that we should blindly follow suit.
Page 22 - We went from shoreline to shoreline, top to bottom on this one, we have covered everything in this loch and we saw no signs of any large living animal in the loch.
Page x - Creek elders, and when it showed its horn, the Indians would cut it off. The horn was then taken as a fetish and carried into war, to ensure success in battle. xt An account from the Oneida branch of the Tuscaroras, collected by David Cusick and published in 1828, tells of the "Mosqueto," which rose from Lake Onondaga (near Syracuse, New York) and slew a number of people.

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Benjamin Radford, the deputy editor of the Skeptical Inquirer science magazine, is the author of Tracking the Chupacabra: The Vampire Beast in Fact, Fiction, and Folklore (UNM Press) and other books. He lives in Corrales, New Mexico.

Joe Nickell is Senior Research Fellow of the committe for Skeptical Inquiry and author of Detecting Forgery, Camera Clues, Unsolved History, Real-Life X-Files, Crime Science, The Kentucky Mint Julep, More Real-Life X-Files and Secrets of the Sideshows.

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