Posted by: Loren Coleman on September 18th, 2009
What lies beneath the surface of Cameron Lake?
An important expedition takes off on Friday to conduct a search of Cameron Lake, in response to a number of recent sightings of a long, slender eel-like creature.
Then, all day on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009, the expedition members will have a chance to explore the lake, which is located about 20 kilometres east of Port Alberni.
“Our organization has received reports coming from Cameron Lake since 2004,” said John Kirk (above), co-founder of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club (BCSCC) and author of In the Domain of the Lake Monsters.
“Witnesses have been describing what looks like a dark creature in the lake,” Kirk said.
Kirk, Adam H. McGirr (above), and the crew of researchers are traveling to Cameron Lake to look for scientific evidence of the creature. The team will spend the large part of the weekend traversing the lake in a boat, attempting to lure the creature to the surface and get a visual sighting.
They have been planning to explore the lake since a 2007 sighting by Bridget Horvath, who noticed a strange wake in the water and three objects or creatures going in a circle.
“British Columbia is number one in the world for lake monster sightings,” Kirk said. “There are 39 lakes in B.C. where some type of creature has been seen.”
In 2004, a woman and her father reported to Kirk’s organization that they had seen a very large, long black creature in Cameron Lake. The creature swam along the lake near Highway 4 and the two were able to see it from their car until the highway veered away from the lake.
The BCSCC, truly today an international organization, was founded in 1989. Elusive creatures, such as lake monsters and Sasquatch, are known as cryptids and their study is called cryptozoology, from the Greek kryptos for “hidden” combined with “zoology,” the study of animals.
Kirk spent time on Okanagan Lake during the summer of 2009, in search of Ogopogo, one of many expeditions conducted by his organization. Kirk is also chairman of the Crypto Safari Organization which sends investigators around the world, and has traveled to Africa as part of research teams in search of living dinosaurs.
Besides numerous sightings of the Cameron Lake monster, Vancouver Island has been the location of Sasquatch sightings, and a film and History Channel program based on the elusive animal, as well as home to specialists in the field.
Details of the expedition have appeared in many Canadian newspapers. Here is a link to one.
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