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Strange Objects Over Lake Champlain and Loch Ness

Posted by: Loren Coleman on August 22nd, 2011

Okay, I don’t think that Lake Monsters are dropped from UFOs. I do not consider it good to talk about the lochs of the world being restocked by flying saucers. Let me be straight about that. But I can’t ignore the fact this has turned into a bizarre news month. Where’s Erik Beckjord when we need him? He would have loved these reports. Actually, he would have ranted at me for not making more of them.

The following two incidents did occur. Just a strange series of temporal and spatial coincidences, to say the least. But that’s all they are. Right? :-)

Olsen Champ Video

Grand Isle, Vermont – July 21, 2011. Authorities have called off the search for a missing hot air balloon on Lake Champlain, saying they no longer believe the tip that they received is credible.

Authorities say they got a call at around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 20th, 2011, from witnesses who claim they saw a balloon hit the water near Rouses Point, N.Y., and disappear. That prompted a search involving multiple departments including the U.S. Border Patrol.

The dark night made the search difficult for crews. The search lasted more than four hours before it was finally called off. WCAX News

Then, exactly, a month later, over this last weekend,

21 August 2011
Loch Ness search for mysterious balloon-like object

The emergency services undertook a night-time search of Loch Ness after reports a balloon-like object had fallen from the sky.

The police, coastguard, lifeboat and an RAF search and rescue helicopter scoured the area but found nothing.

The alarm was raised at 20:00 on Saturday, August 20, 2011, after members of the public said they saw a blue object fall on the south of the Loch, near Dores.

Police thought it might have been a hang glider or microlight.

However, following a three-hour search the emergency services could find “nothing untoward”.

Loch Ness RNLI crew member, Vivian Bailey, said: “Speed of arrival on scene was essential and we were able to link our search efforts with those of the Coastguard and RAF, something we practice regularly.

“We believe the reports were based on sightings causing genuine concern and we commend the actions of the members of the public that contacted the emergency services.” BBC News

Tip of the news hat to Scott Mardis and Roddy Hays.

Update:

Also, Lake Erie, the home of Bessie, has been the site of frequent reports of seemingly strange lights (airplanes? airliners? UFOs?) over that body of water.

About Loren Coleman
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.


7 Responses to “Strange Objects Over Lake Champlain and Loch Ness”

  1. red_pill_junkie responds:

    Sightings of UFOs over lakes is fairly common. Lake Chapala in Mexico, for example, has always been a regular hotspot of UFO activity.

    Nobody can say at this point that there’s a correlation between the sightings of UFOs and that of unknown lake creatures; but dismissing either one because you are entrenched in a particular field is a disservice to Fortean research.

  2. springheeledjack responds:

    was just reading somewhere recently (can’t remember the source, but it’s there somewhere if it’s REALLY that important), that Scotland’s Loch Ness is a BIG hotspot for UFO’s.

    Never knew that until reading some article…might have a been on the TV…

    Now I’m not one either to link up UFO’s and water cryptids. I seriously doubt there’s a connection, other than maybe large bodies of water are an area of interest for UFO’s (which blows a big hole in the theory in M. Knight Shamylan’s Signs movie, but I digress).

    But maybe we can convince ufologists and cryptozoologists to hunt the same areas together…then on the other hand, we’re trying to legitimize cryptozoology and no offense to the ufologists, but that would just lump us into a whole other category we probably don’t want to be in right now…nevermind.

  3. springheeledjack responds:

    It also doesn’t hurt having the Mars Attacks soundtrack playing in the background…

  4. lordoftheonionrings responds:

    If there are aliens researching our planet, extremely rare/endangered species might be of some concern to them. Think about it.

  5. wuffing responds:

    @SHJ…

    “Now I’m not one either to link up UFO’s and water cryptids. I seriously doubt there’s a connection, other than maybe…”

    …the type of people who see them ? :-)

  6. Roddy Hays responds:

    I think we may be missing the oh so obvious link.

    The creatures that live in Loch Ness and Lake Champlain (and other watery bodies around the world) are very obviously THE ALIENS themselves ! They colonized these lakes eons ago, maybe perhaps their huge bodies cannot exist on land, and the lights we see are their fellow comrades coming with supplies, or more colonists, or to take them home for some R&R.

    It’s such a simple solution it has to be the obvious one. Loren, I am amazed that you have never cottoned on to this. Really, do I have to do all the work round here ?

    **dons tin hat and runs for the hills**

  7. red_pill_junkie responds:

    But maybe we can convince ufologists and cryptozoologists to hunt the same areas together…then on the other hand, we’re trying to legitimize cryptozoology and no offense to the ufologists, but that would just lump us into a whole other category we probably don’t want to be in right now…nevermind.

    With respect, amigo, but I’m SO tired of that line of thinking already.

    Ufology and Cryptozoology, both trying to get the respect from the mainstream they’ve always yearned for, and thinking that if they mingle with the other team then they will hijack their own efforts of finally being accepted in the frat club of Academia —”oh, don’t mind my cousin, he’s a weirdo! I’m the one you should pay attention to.”

    Skeptics don’t bother with putting both fields in a different category —it’s all nonsensical pseudoscience to them ;)



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