Posted by: John Kirk on March 9th, 2007
Following hot on the heels of the sighting of the so-called Bowness monster by Linden Adams last month, a canoeist who was on the lake has come forward with his story:
For full story see this week’s Westmorland Gazette.
New sighting of lake ‘monster’
ANOTHER sighting of a strange creature in Windermere has added weight to the theory that something unexplained is lurking beneath the surface of the lake.
Michael Bentley, from Ambleside, was the canoeist who was spotted by photographer Linden Adams paddling close to the scene of where he took a picture of what he claims to be a four-metre long beast in Windermere, as reported in The Westmorland Gazette last week.
Mr Bentley, who was unaware of the presence of the animal as he enjoyed a morning canoeing at the south end of Windermere, said. “I did not see anything that day but I remember the conditions on the lake were absolutely flat and calm. When I saw the report I contacted Linden Adams and he showed me the pictures he took and I was paddling right towards where the thing was feeding but I was going quite fast and did not see anything.”
A self-confessed sceptic, Mr Bentley has backed up Mr Adams’s dramatic pictures with his own shots taken while paddling in the same area of the lake, with his partner, last weekend.Paul Duncan
I am somewhat confused by Bentley’s comments that he took photographs as well. Does this mean that he took pictures of the lake in general or did he also claim to take pictures of the monster? If he did photograph the beast where are the pictures? It is also rather hard to fathom how he did not see the creature despite the flat-calm lake conditions and the fact that he was heading straight towards it.
One of the most promising things about this animal is its reappearance just six months after the initial sighting. When I was at Lake Windermere in August, I saw no trace of the beast myself, but I must say it was in my consciousness that it was odd that Windermere was at that time devoid of any sort of lake legend. Now we have heard of two sightings in six months.
As Loch Ness is a bit of a dead end for me these days, I can tell Cryptomundo readers that I will be revisiting Windermere again on my future trips back to the United Kingdom. It appears to hold more promise with the recent spate of sightings.
One of the founders of the BCSCC, John Kirk has enjoyed a varied and exciting career path. Both a print and broadcast journalist, John Kirk has in recent years been at the forefront of much of the BCSCC’s expeditions, investigations and publishing. John has been particularly interested in the phenomenon of unknown aquatic cryptids around the world and is the author of In the Domain of the Lake Monsters (Key Porter Books, 1998). In addition to his interest in freshwater cryptids, John has been keenly interested in investigating the possible existence of sasquatch and other bipedal hominids of the world, and in particular, the Yeren of China. John is also chairman of the Crypto Safari organization, which specializes in sending teams of investigators to remote parts of the world to search for animals as yet unidentified by science. John travelled with a Crypto Safari team to Cameroon and northern Republic of Congo to interview witnesses among the Baka pygmies and Bantu bushmen who have sighted a large unknown animal that bears more than a superficial resemblance to a dinosaur. Since 1996, John Kirk has been editor and publisher of the BCSCC Quarterly which is the flagship publication of the BCSCC. In demand at conferences, seminars, lectures and on television and radio programs, John has spoken all over North America and has appeared in programs on NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, TLC, Discovery, CBC, CTV and the BBC. In his personal life John spends much time studying the histories of Scottish Clans and is himself the president of the Clan Kirk Society. John is also an avid soccer enthusiast and player.