Posted by: Craig Woolheater on August 2nd, 2014
A mysterious sea serpent has been spotted in Okanagan Lake. This serpentine monster-like creature or Ogopogo as referred to by the locals is Canada’s most famous lake monster.
This unknown creature which can only be described as a sea serpent as big as a school bus has been seen lurking in the waters of Okanagan Lake In British Columbia for centuries.
Archival records of Ogopogo exist as far back as 1872 with the monster predating the infamous Loch Ness Monster’s media debut by a full 7 years.
Ogopogo sightings and descriptions are all very similar. Witnesses describe a long slender creature about 2 feet in diameter with multiple humps. Almost serpentine, like a snake slithering across the waters surface with a horse or goat like head rising above the waves.
Canada’s indigenous first nations populations have known of the creatures existence since the 19th century and have so aptly named the monster “Lake Demon.”
The most famous sighting of Ogopogo was in 1926 at Okanagan Mission Beach because of the sheer volume of witnesses. Over 30 car loads of people all described seeing the same thing.
Even more intriguing, in 1914 a group of Nicola Valley Indians discovered the decomposing body of an unidentified creature. The cryptid creature was blue grey, had a tail and flippers and weighed over 400 pounds. Some theorized that it was a manatee, but no one could explain how a manatee got into the lake
Like Nessie, some believe Ogopogo is an extinct Plesiosaur left over from the cretaceous period. Cryptozoologist Karl Shuker believes Ogopogo is simply a relative of a primitive serpentine whale like Basilosaurus.
Sightings including photographic and video evidence continue to pour in to this day.
What do you think Ogopogo is?
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.