December 20, 2011

Champ on CBS Early Show

Legend of Loch-Ness-like monster “Champ” endures

(CBS News) Lake Champlain, on the Vermont-New York border, is where some people say there’s a watery beast they’ve dubbed “Champ.”

He’s supposedly a North American version of the Scotland’s famed Loch Ness monster — and he’s supposedly been spotted for centuries by the people of the area.

According to one resident, “Champ” originated in an entry in Samuel de Champlain’s diary in 1609. He said he’d seen a sea serpent with large coils and scales that reflected in the sunlight.

Local townspeople now keep his legend alive with pictures and video of sightings and memorabilia.

But does “Champ” really exist? We’ll let you decide.

Check out the video below for the full story of “Champ,” told by four long-time residents of the area, including two people who claim to have seen the creature.

About Craig Woolheater
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad, Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.

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