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Discovery News Highlights Bownessie Story

Posted by: Loren Coleman on March 2nd, 2011


Discovery News focused on a cryptozoology story to start the month. Indeed, it was their top story for Tuesday. Two bits of news footage (added at the below) surfaced, as a result. (Late update: On March 2, 2011, Ben Radford added his view of the Bownessie news here.)

MARCH 01, 2011

Move over Loch Ness and Bessie, “Bownessie” is the latest mysterious creature reportedly spotted in a lake. But skeptics smell a hoax.

The reporter Eric Niiler extensively interviewed me, and fairly used my quotes:

“I’m always cautious of photographs,” said Loren Coleman, director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine, and author of Cryptozoology A to Z.”

“If you look at this photograph, it’s pretty distinct with these humps. We have seen this kind of thing before, sometimes it’s garbage bags tied together and sometimes it’s anonymous [I said “anomalous” – LC] creatures.”

Coleman should know. He spent several weeks on a Loch Ness expedition in 1999 and has researched how sightings of lake monsters seem to persist in the so-called “monster latitudes” of water bodies that include Lake Champlain, Lake Okanagan, B.C., Loch Ness and Lake Brosno, Russia. Coleman says they are all deepwater lakes in remote areas, surrounded (until recently) by forests.

Visitors to these lakes who report strange sightings are often unfamiliar with local wildlife, Coleman said. So the wake of an otter, snake or drifting log becomes a strange sea animal….

While this most recent case of the “Bownessie” (named for the local town in England) may not hold up to scrutiny, Coleman believes there are far too many sightings of strange creatures to discount all of them.

He points to scientific discoveries of new species of beaked whales, giant squid, monitor lizards and other large animals that were the subject of legends until very recently.

“We all like a mystery,” he said.


Others sent in video links:

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

One Response to “Discovery News Highlights Bownessie Story”

  1. Morgoth responds:

    Similar to the gordon holmes video in 2006, I think this is a giant eel.

    You can actually see the tail pretty well, to the lower left of the humps. The bridge from the tail section up to the humps is visible in the picture. The humps are created by the eel sidewinding through the lake, moving off to the upper right.

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