Posted by: Loren Coleman on April 6th, 2009
A group of American filmmakers have arrived in the eastern province of Van to shoot a documentary on the “Lake Van Monster.”
In 1997, a university teaching assistant shot video of what has become known as the Lake Van Monster.
Above is a still from that video shot by 26 year old Unal Kozak.
The reality television investigation on Turkey’s largest lake will be broadcast as part of the U.S. series “Destination Truth.”
Paying a visit to the mayor of Van’s Gevas town on Saturday, April 4, 2009, U.S. production crew said that they believed in the existence of a monster in Lake Van.
After their meeting with the mayor, the group shot several scenes, some scuba divers from the team dived into the lake and documentarists later proceeded to Akdamar Island.
Spending the whole night at the island, filmmakers waited for the “monster to appear”.
Anyone wish to take any bets on whether the “monster appeared” or not?
Note this is from the new Hurriyet Turkish news report:
“The Lake Van Monster was not reported until 1995. There are now more than 1,000 people claiming to have witnessed the beast which is reported to measure around fifteen meters long with spikes on its back and appears similar to a Plesiosaur or Ichthyosaurus. Following these reports, the Turkish government sent an official scientific survey group to the lake who failed to spot the creature.”
This is from Wikipedia:
“The Lake Van Monster (Turkish: Van Gölü Canavarı) was not reported until 1995 in Lake Van, a large alkaline lake in Eastern Turkey. There are now more than 1,000 people claiming to have witnessed the beast which is reported to measure around fifteen meters long with spikes on its back and appears similar to a Plesiosaur or Ichthyosaurus. Following these reports the Turkish government sent an official scientific survey group to the lake who failed to spot the creature.”
“In 1997 a local man, Unal Kozak, a teaching assistant at Van University, captured the creature on video which was sent for analysis. He has written a book about the monster. Yet his video is under constant criticism, with questions like why it never pans left, possibly because of a boat that may have carried the creature. Or why the monster only goes straight, instead of curving through the water. Even criticism as to why the breathing is not in and out, but a continuous release, much like the effects of an air hose.”
“Destination Truth” is a weekly adventure series that invites viewers along on one man’s search for the truth while he investigates stories of the unexplained across the globe. Every week, the presenter of the show Josh Gates and his small crew of producers visit a different international destination alleged to be the home of a notorious, supernatural or mysterious creature, such as the Chilean Chupacabras, as well as some lesser-known phenomena, such as the dinosaur-like creatures reported in the skies over Papua New Guinea, a haunted village in Thailand and the wolfman of Argentina, said the Turkish news service Hurriyet.
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.