Canadian Cryptid Cops Part VI

Posted by: John Kirk on August 24th, 2006

The Thetis Lake Gillman is not the only aquatic anomaly that the RCMP found themselves dealing with in the course of their duties. The force has crossed paths with a number of aquatic cryptids known commonly as “lake monsters,” the most famous of which is the world-famous Ogopogo of Okanagan Lake, British Columbia.

I am the only member of the RCMP family that has come forward with a sighting of the creature, but I was not part of the force when I had my sightings in the 1980’s and 90’s so I guess in a way no RCMP member has ever seen the beast. This is unusual as for many years the RCMP operated a launch on the lake and I remember the last time I saw this vessel in 1989 when the members aboard were assisting a windsurfer who had gotten into difficulties.

Today the RCMP uses inflatable boats to carry out its patrols on the lake. Despite this long time presence on the lake I have not come across a single report of any police officer seeing the creature in a century of policing on the lake. However, that being said, the RCMP has received many reports from citizens who have encountered the animal. These have been duly noted, but there is nothing the force can really do to investigate except if Ogopogo commits an offence!

The force has been called upon to deal with people who have an agenda in regard to people who could endanger the public or the creature by hunting Ogopogo. In August 1989, the RCMP were asked to be extra vigilant for people who might want to shoot or dynamite the creature following the revelation of the site where car salesman, Ken Chaplin, had what he thought was a sighting of Ogopogo. The RCMP increased their presence in the Bear Creek area as there was a perceived threat to persons, property and unknown aquatic creatures. Chaplin captured what he though was Ogopogo on videotape, but I like wildlife officers, zoologists, biologists and oceanographers are of the opinion he filmed a beaver – they do live in the lake – rather than Ogopogo.

Ogopogo Stamp

This stamp was issued in 1990 by the Canadian government as one of a set of four stamps to commemorate legendary Canadian animals.

John Kirk About John Kirk
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.

5 Responses to “Canadian Cryptid Cops Part VI”

  1. Ole Bub responds:

    Good morning John….

    Despite my considerable doubt concerning all northern temperate zone lake critters…I’ll grant a nanoparticle of the possible existence of such cryptids…based entirely upon the veracity of your sighting…

    I didn’t believe in the Big Man either until one walked across the road…35 years ago.

    seeing is believing….

    ole bub and the dawgs

  2. crypto_randz responds:

    John, I do believe you saw something. I’ve studied that body of lake, my conclusion is that there maybe dinosaurs in that body of water. Especially maybe a Mosaurus. Seems like the long tapering necks are not really been seen, straight narrow body pushing through the water is what is being sighted. There could be other type elasmasauruses also might be more than one specie.

  3. twblack responds:

    I agree with Ole Bub. Considerable doubt very high. But with you having sighted this creature I have to be open to the possible fact they really do exist.

  4. springheeledjack responds:

    The Thetis Lake Gillman is just an odd fish (I was going to say ‘bird’, but obviously that don’t fit).

    I do not know what to make of those sightings and what not.

    As for Ogopogo, if people only saw small heads (attributable to beaver, muskrats, etc) and ripples in the water, I would say forget it, but large humps and head/neck sightings push the lake monster into the “definitely something out there” category for me.

    The hardcore skeptics don’t buy the body of evidence from sightings, but if you have hundreds of sightings with similarities there is something more than just logs and ducks and waves living in those waters.

  5. CryptoInformant responds:

    Mosasaurs have fairly short necks, and, like other members of the Squamata, don’t raise them up very high. I think Ogopogo is an evolved relative of Basilosaurus, as the vertically undulating body can produce “humps”. Long necks, while unheard of in true whales, were seen in Mesonichyds, their direct ancestor.

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