On Site: Lake Champlain 2009

Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 23rd, 2009

Today, I am on site, at Lake Champlain, investigating the location from which the new footage was taken and other details. I will be talking to various individuals connected to this incident and there with a regional documentary film crew. I’ll give a overview of what I discover later in the week.

[Noon update, Tuesday: I briefly found a wifi location. It is sunny and in the 80s here. Quite different than over on the Atlantic Coast where I was yesterday. No Champ sightings yet. Only one live woodchuck, and he wasn’t chucking wood but eating some form of plant material. More later, or tomorrow.]

I’ll keep my eye out for misidentified animals. And hidden cryptids.

The following stabilized version of the Eric Olsen-obtained video was produced by John Donald Carlucci of Darke Media.

Bernard Heuvelmans’ Super-Otter (above) compared to an image from Eric Olsen’s new footage (below).

Thanks for enhancements and photos from E. Shephard, Yakcam, Impossible Visits, Sean Viloria, John Donald Carlucci, BoyInTheMachine, Jason Ficks, Sam Hemingway, M.G., during this process, and, of course, Eric Olsen.

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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.

11 Responses to “On Site: Lake Champlain 2009”

  1. swnoel responds:

    Good news, I’ll be looking forward to the location details.

  2. DWA responds:

    Loren: I’m a little disappointed.

    I thought I’d see a picture with a beard and a mustache, allowing us to pin Champ down as a mammal.

    Of course, as to Nessie, the sightings on land have been convincingly debunked by the above artist’s conception. I’d long had my suspicions.


  3. Unknown Primate responds:

    Thanks for your dedication and for keeping us posted, Loren… and Good Luck!

  4. cryptidsrus responds:

    Looking forward to finding out about the data you collect there!!!

    Wonder if you would be able to measure the distance between the shore and the place in the water Olsen saw the cryptid.

    Anyway—happy expedition and enjoy the lake! Bring pictures! 🙂

  5. Kitsos responds:

    You sure that woodchuck was not actually Chuck Noris in disguise?
    Happy hunting/fishing/measuring. And do not forget teh sunblock eh?

  6. stranger responds:

    Woodchuck Norris!!!

    A legend is born.

  7. CryptoInformant 2.0 responds:

    Hmmm… Well, this is the first time I’ve actually had a look at this video – indeed, due to my previously slow (curse Dial-Up) internet connection, the first I have ever bothered to look at on Cryptomundo.

    What I see in this video is clear evidence for a head, a neck of moderate length, a torso, and not much else, morphologically. However, behaviorally, this is an interesting piece of footage. I have watched Bottlenose dolphins near Edisto Island, South Carolina, and there is a clear difference between this animal’s behavior and that of cetaceans – one gets the impression that this animal is less comfortable in the water than the dolphins. It keeps on or near the surface the entire time, always with its head above water.
    The idea is that this animal can’t hold its breath for very long, and so doesn’t make a habit of diving.

    One possibility is that the animal seen here is a juvenile as, in all aquatic and semi-aquatic mammals (and reptiles) I know of, the young lack the lung capacity of their elders.

  8. HOOSIERHUNTER responds:

    I’ve looked at this video dozen’s of times and the more I do the more somethng about it just strikes me as not being quite right. I can’t really put my finger on it except to say that the “creature” just doesn’t seem real to me. I keep thinking it is a toy submarine of some kind with a “creature” fixed on top of it!
    The way it seems to lose power or gets hung up occasionally and doesn’t move much or the way it sinks later in the video as it gets close to shore almost like it got hung up on the lake bottom. It seems to sink also when it is not moving forward. The head never seems to swivel or move just sink or rise with the body. It doesn’t seem real.
    I know I’ll probably catch all kinds of grief for this but I think it’s a hoax.

  9. lincoln s responds:

    one thing I thought when I first saw the video It was kinda confusing because it seems to completely go against dennis halls champ tanystropheus theory. but I still have to agree with him because he’s said to have actually seen a baby tany he doesn’t seem like he’d lie about that. speaking of dennis hall I know this is old news but what happened to him I heard he decided to quite champquest but is there any news of what became of him?

  10. lincoln s responds:

    and I would have to say the length of the creature is about 7 to 12ft for the portion above water. any agree with me

  11. Shane Durgee responds:

    My friend’s theory is that this is simply a swimming moose.

    I agree. The stabilized video seems to show a land mammal having great difficulty swimming to the shore.

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