Open Season on Swedish Lake Monster

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on November 11th, 2005

Jan Sundberg is gonna be pissed…

Although it was documented in print in 1635, and has been seen hundreds of times since, the regional authorities agreed to remove the endangered species protection for Storsie, the serpent-like creature reported to live in the depths of Lake Storsjön, in the Swedish province of Jamtland.


Storsie was placed on the endangered species list in 1986 by the regional council. The council apparently gave in to a government watchdog group who challenged the endangered species listing, saying it was unneeded for an animal that was not proven to exist.

Storsie buffs are not happy with the decision.

"We are not fanatics," said Christer Berko, of the Storsjo monster association. "We see this as very interesting phenomenon that we unfortunately have not been able to document."

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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.

3 Responses to “Open Season on Swedish Lake Monster”

  1. Lesley responds:

    I would hope that the Swedes wouldn’t actually try to hunt it. Normally there are a few bad apples though, so hopefully Storsie is smarter than they are.

  2. Lesley responds:

    I was listen to coast to coast last night and the guest was the guy who wrote “the loch,” can’t remember his name. He was saying restrictions in Scotland have also been rescinded and now people are free to hunt Nessie. Is this true? He insinuated that Nessie may have attacked someone.

  3. Loren Coleman responds:

    Probably talking about Steve Alten, author of The Loch. He is on a promotional tour for his revised book, I understand.

    There is some confusion about the ability to hunt Nessie, but certainly the late Dan Taylor was barred from using a harpon to take DNA samples. I think it has more to do with “harm to animals” laws in Scotland that any anti-monster measures.

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