Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 5th, 2008
Selma, the so-called “Sea Serpent” that lives in Lake Seljord (Seljordsvatnet) obviously would have to be a Lake Monster, akin to the Loch Ness Monster. The location is near the inland town of Seljord, a municipality in the county of Telemark, Norway. The town’s coat-of-arms was created in 1989, and shows the “sea serpent Selma.”
According to most who have seen the supposed watery cryptid, Selma resembles a giant eel. The first eyewitness accounts date back to the 18th century.
This is video of the “Seljord Serpent” or Selma, which was taken at Lake Seljord, Norway, by Adam Davies and Andrew Sanderson.
Davies, author of Extreme Expedition: Travel Adventures Stalking the World’s Mystery Animals, writes:
“Between 7 and 9 second in, there is a distinct white line approx 1/3 of the frame down (using the shoreline as your starting point). The barbs of the tip are visible as it breaks the surface of the lake.”
Can anyone capture the frame that shows the creature the best, and send it to me (firstname.lastname@example.org), for posting here at Cryptomundo? Can computer enhancement of the images reveal the monster in the medium? See below for my updates, posted as they come in, of such attempts at enhancements. (Realtime cryptozoology, folks.)
Of course, this may turn into an exercise in blobdracontology, the study of the fuzzy images of lake animals unknown to science!
Above, an Ogopogo souvenir I captured in British Columbia in 1975. Does Selma look like this replica cryptia?
Please go and click here, then again click on the series of images to see some larger versions of the frames.
Thanks to Andreas Müller from Germany.
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.