Lake Van Monster Captured on Film by Japanese

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on September 8th, 2006

Last week, Cryptomundo brought you the news that a Japanese magazine was in Turkey to document the Lake Van Monster.

Today, we bring you the following shocking news:

Van Lake Monster Captured on Film by Japanese

By Anadolu News Agency (aa), Van

Source: (Scroll down to third story on page)

A Japanese journalist and his team that came to Turkey to collect eyewitness testimony about the legendary Van Lake monster completed their investigation with a surprise discovery.

Lake Van Monster

Author-translator Takano Hideyuki, photographer Mori Kiyashi and assistant Suezawa Yasufumi from the Japanese magazine Shosetsu Tendai by Kodansha arrived in Van nearly two weeks ago to investigate the legend of the Van Lake monster.

Hideyuki said when they completed their research and returned to Van, they witnessed a monster-like body swimming in the lake about 300 meters offshore and captured the event on film.

Hideyuki said such a sighting following the completion of their research thrilled his team, and added that they showed the pictures and film to experts at Van Yuzuncu Yil University, but the murky images were not conclusive.

Before departing for Japan, the team announced they would return to the region in the future to conduct further research.

About Craig Woolheater
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad, Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.

26 Responses to “Lake Van Monster Captured on Film by Japanese”

  1. shumway10973 responds:

    soooo, that “buoy” (that’s what it looks like to me) is suppose to be the monster? Or did they not release the pics? Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad these researchers got to see something.

  2. mystery_man responds:

    Hmm, interesting. Is this footage going to be released any time soon?

  3. pteroophia responds:

    Yeah I wanna see!!

    Come on Monster!!

  4. MadMatt32171 responds:

    You know, I wish people would’t tell us they have footage/pics of something until they’re ready to show them. Drives me crazy.

  5. Dragonheart responds:

    yes, they could wait, until they are ready to show them. But that are REALLY interesting news. But i don’t want to see any CGI-hoaxes or pencil drawings, ok? 😉

  6. aaha responds:

    Seeing is believing. Betcha it’s a hoax!

  7. ddh1969 responds:

    Man, those Japanese can ALWAYS get it done…am I right???

    Now we just need to SEE the footage!!!

    Anyone remember the song ‘(I Think I’m) Turning Japanese’? Shuh! If only!


  8. Mr.PassiveAggressive responds:

    Like Dragonheart says, if I see any interpretive pencil drawings based upon photos that won’t be released until the book is published…

  9. jjames1 responds:

    “…but the murky images were not conclusive.”

    Why am I not surprised?

  10. planettom responds:

    300 meters offshore, that’s quite a distance. I’m not surprised the images are murky and inconclusive. Maybe it is the relative of something that escaped off of Noah’s Ark from a neighboring mountain in Turkey thousands of years ago. 😉
    Just wanted to throw that out there. Have a nice weekend everyone.

  11. mystery_man responds:

    I live and teach biology in Japan and I can tell you that the scientists I have had the pleasure of meeting here are some of the most meticulous and organized you are ever likely to come across. Of course there are hoaxters in all walks of life, but in my experience I have not found them to be inclined to oversensationalize or jump to conclusions. I think if this particular group is legit, and they really saw something, then they have given it a very careful examination and it is definately something that will not easily be explained away. I was more afraid that they would find an elephant or something there, but this news is very curious. Can’t wait to find out where this leads.

  12. Albert Mond responds:

    The lake Van monster? I thought that was fake.

  13. LordofShades responds:

    Hmmmm, a fuzzy indistinct something, 300 yards away.

    Could it be that most magical and mysterious of creatures known to mankind as a boat? Lol, sorry, had to go there.

    Like some others have stated, don’t tell us you have photos or video until you’re ready to show it. Geez.

  14. kamoeba responds:

    I think the Johor hominid debacle has soured some of us. I personally would rather have an up-to-date tantalizing tidbit every so often at the present time rather than read on some far off future date that something had been confirmed and we hadn’t known about it for all that time. If I recall correctly it was Japanese scientists who got the first confirmed photos of a living giant squid not too long ago. I believe a year elapsed between the day they took the footage and the day they went public with their discovery. Unfortunately for us, good scientific methods take time. Be patient, ride it out. It will be worth it in the end.

  15. TemplarKnight21c responds:

    I say again, is anyone noticing a trend with the Japanese and rare creatures/cryptids? Maybe there’s a streak of Irish blood adding to their luck.

  16. caddo21 responds:

    If a purported video of a “lake monster” isn’t shown on CNN or the national news on the same or next day it was captured on tape, then it’s going to be a blob open to individual interpretation.

    Most likely the sponsers of this expedition will make a long-winded documentary around this tape to make a profit.

    So if you don’t see it aired today or tomorrow, wait a few months.

  17. cor2879 responds:

    Silly, silly Japanese. Hoaxes are for kids! (and Malaysian ‘hominologists’)

    Don’t tell me you’ve got a video unless you are ready and willing to pony up the goods!

  18. crypto_randz responds:

    Anything is possible. Until I see a CLEAR video showing an unknown creature swimming around in lake van, I will believe it wasn’t the video shown before. It was supposed to be a fake?

  19. WVBIG_2006 responds:

    It looks like a child’s toy boat or something to me.

  20. twblack responds:

    Where is the video? Another Blob Creature.

  21. YourPTR! responds:

    I thought the first video from 1997 looks suspiciously very much like an elephant!

  22. rhayzerbak responds:

    It appears that they haven’t had time to create their monster on photoshop yet Guys.

  23. Jeremy_Wells responds:

    I dunno, if I were going to just straight up hoax, I wouldn’t do this, nor would I admit it was fuzzy. I’d do a top-notch hoax and release the video the day after my announcment (as noted above).

    Just the fact that they admit it is fuzzy and unclear makes me interested to be honest. Not because I even necessarily believe in a lake monster, but because I’m interested in what might be interpreted as a lake monster.

    Ultimately though, this one has a different “feel” to it from the JH debacle. So its down to my (notoriously 50/50 in its accuracy) gut feeling.

  24. CryptoInformant responds:

    The Mysterious, Monstrous, Mystical orange bouy.

  25. CryptoInformant responds:

    Ummm… sure. This is different colored from the original, and is way farther away, as well as looking more like a blobopogo than a prehistoric croc. I SMELL A HOAX!

  26. kingofaquaria responds:

    Video of the Lake Van Monster was released today 7/12/12 on the Internet – looks pretty convincing to me!

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