Posted by: Loren Coleman on July 23rd, 2008
I am back from Alberta, and this is going to be a day of catch-up.
There’s been a new sighting of Ogopogo in Okanagan Lake, British Columbia, which took place, coincidentially, as I was talking of Lake Monsters (including Ogopogo), Sea Serpents, and Dragons, at the Royal Alberta Museum, in the province next door.
On Sunday, July 20, 2008, Robyn Holman reportedly saw Ogopogo as she and a friend were travelling along the highway near Peachland, British Columbia. Holman says she noticed a wave in the water on Okanagan Lake and couldn’t believe her eyes when she turned to look.
Holman says she took a picture and is now waiting to get the photo developed. Whether it turns out or not, the Kelowna, B.C., woman is now convinced that the legendary Ogopogo does exist.
The Canadian Press ultra-briefly summarized the history of Ogopogo by noting the first recorded sighting was in 1872, by Mrs. John Allison, and sightings have been recorded regularly ever since. First Nations legends call the beast the n’ha-a-itk, or “lake demon,” according to local lore.
Similar to the Loch Ness Monster in Scotland, the Ogopogo is purportedly a serpent-like or seal-like creature, somewhere between six and 15 meters (18 to 45 feet) long, with a horse-shaped head and a dark blue or brown body.
The above Ogopogo model from 1975 is to be found in the International Cryptozoology Museum. You may help the museum survive with a donation, greatly needed, as you may directly send a check, money order, or, if outside the USA, an international postal money order made out “International Cryptozoology Museum” to
International Cryptozoology Museum
c/o Loren Coleman
PO Box 360
Portland, ME 04112
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Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. 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.