2007: Bownessie Monster

Posted by: Loren Coleman on March 3rd, 2011

In line with the 2011 reports of Bownessie, here’s a flashback bit of news, with photos, from February 2007, for those who missed it. It does seem remarkably similar to the new photo, in overall outline.

Here’s the 2007 image of the Lake Windermere’s “Bownessie Monster.”

Lake Windermere Bowness Monster

Lake Windermere Monster

Linden Adams, 35, according to a London newspaper has taken a new photograph (above) of an object that may be an unknown cryptid in Cumbria’s Lake Windermere. It is not Nessie but the eyewitness Adams feels his new evidence may help solve the Loch Ness mystery.

The creature was reported to be 45 feet (15 meters) long and left a large wake. Despite the fact the water was calm and still, Adams said the “thing appeared, diving and thrashing around.”

I know what waves can do and this was no freak wave or a boat.Linden Adams, 2007

Source: Metro, UK, February 22, 2007.

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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.

19 Responses to “2007: Bownessie Monster”

  1. things-in-the-woods responds:

    This is certainly better- A black line on a blue background.

    So much prettier.

  2. MBFH responds:

    Looks like it was a nice day to be in the Lake District – a rarer thing than what has been photographed, probably.

    Otter, fish or eel? I hope the CFZ do find something for their efforts though, a huge eel would be great.

  3. mystery_man responds:

    Well, at least I can tell that this photo was actually taken at a lake. This photo is seriously not showing anything of any great import. I file this the way I file a lot of inconclusive photos. If I saw this without anyone telling me that that slight ripple was supposed to be a lake monster, I would think nothing odd about this photo at all and if someone pointed out the ripple, I would tell you a thousand other things before concluding it is a lake monster. If it is not immediately obvious what is supposed to be in a photo, then it is not very useful, cryptid or otherwise.

  4. darkshines responds:

    I saw something in Lake Windemere when I was a kid. It looked like the wake above, but longer, we watched it go down the length of the lake for about 400 metres, then it went under. I might have pictures, but I doubt it, it happened over a decade ago. Lets just say I’m glad I’m not the only one.

  5. joppa responds:

    Where oh where is Lake Windemere?

  6. ABLegler responds:

    I’m convinced. It must be a lake monster. It couldn’t possibly be anything else. Except maybe a small wave. A small wave, or a lake monster.

    Or a bird. A small wave, a bird, or a lake monster.

    Or a mark in the photograph. That’s it. It’s either a small wave, a bird, a stray mark on the picture – or a lake monster.

    Or Al Gore.

  7. springheeledjack responds:

    not good enough…wakes do not lake monsters make…

  8. graybear responds:

    Algore, the monster of Lake Windemere. Sends chills down my spine.

  9. shumway10973 responds:

    The actual size of this pic makes any proper determination impossible. When I did zoom in there might have been some playing with. So, here are your choices as I see them:

    1) just well fed fish swimming close to the surface

    2) the “wake” was photoshopped in

    3) bird causing wake was photoshopped out.

  10. things-in-the-woods responds:

    lake windemere is in northern england, in the spectacularly unimaginatively named (but spectacularly beautiful) ‘lake district’.

  11. MBFH responds:

    things-in-the-woods: never a truer word said. I was speaking to my Dad about these sightings – he now lives just North of the Lake District and has spent a lot of time there climbing and walking.

    In the late 50’s when the Windscale (now Sellafield) nuclear power station was being built on the West Coast of the Lakes, there were similar sightings, but in a different lake – Wastwater. Wastwater has the clearest water of all the lakes so it was decided to take the cooling water for the power station from there. A number of divers supposedly reported seeing ‘monsters’ in the lake during the construction. I suppose, underwater, a 6ft plus eel would look like a monster.

  12. monsterhunter316 responds:


  13. David-Australia responds:

    “lake windemere is in northern england, in the spectacularly unimaginatively named (but spectacularly beautiful) ‘lake district’.”

    No lake monsters, but nice daily photos.

  14. arewethereyeti responds:

    I tend to agree with Springheeledjack and others in that: a lake, plus a wake, does not automatically a lake monster make. 😉

    IMHO, if not shopped, a distant picture of a bird, dog, otter, fish, etc., swimming on/at the surface.


  15. Adam Davies responds:

    I am on it my friends! Just spent the last four hours putting together an experienced crew. I want dive masters on my team, and I have secured them. I hope to check it out within the next few months. I have some equipment testing scheduled in for tomorrow afternoon. If that goes well, then I will be up there! Need to do the financials though, as I will need a boat. I am very interested in doing a short recce, especially given that the location of this Lake is only a few hours drive from me.

    Not optimistic, but we will see. I was amazed by what I saw in Seljord, so I would love to see to an English beastie!

  16. wuffing responds:

    I am on it my friends! Just spent the last four hours putting together an experienced crew. I want dive masters on my team… I am very interested in doing a short recce…

    So the mystery is as good as solved 😉

    Just a quick question for Adam Davies and his dive masters: what are frogmen hoping to achieve by blundering around in the low visibility waters of what Dr Stephen Maberly from CEH describes as the best studied lake in the world ?

  17. Adam Davies responds:

    As I have indicated, I think the chances of finding anything in the Lake are remote, not least because it is indeed very highly scrutinized. However, it is important to investigate potential sightings and evaluate their worth, especially as this place is right on my doorstep. Nobody will be “blundering around” though! I am not launching a major expedition. However, I do hope to use hydrophones and cameras etc. It’s early days, yet, so we will see.

  18. wuffing responds:

    “I think the chances of finding anything in the Lake are remote… investigate potential sightings and evaluate their worth…”

    The evidence presented by Mr Adams was a series of very sharp photographs; it is not a matter of finding anything, or potential sightings, or worth. Why not address what has already been obtained ?

  19. theSnark responds:

    It’s a fish that has interrupted an otherwise pretty photo of a clear lake.

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