New Ogopogo Sighting

Posted by: Loren Coleman on July 23rd, 2008

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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.

Source: “Kelowna woman says she believes she saw legendary Ogopogo in B.C. lake,” The Canadian Press, Tuesday, July 22, 2008. Also here.

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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.

11 Responses to “New Ogopogo Sighting”

  1. shumway10973 responds:

    (holding up cup of coffee as to toast) Here’s to clear pictures. It would be great if these pictures come out and we finally see what all this fuss is about.

  2. red_pill_junkie responds:

    Yay! Ogie lives 🙂

    *crossing fingers for a good shot, eventhough photographic evidence is kind of pointless in this day an age…*

  3. cryptidsrus responds:

    I’m also keeping my fingers crossed.

    From what I read in the newspaper writeup, sounds like a believable witness. But in this day and age, of course, that doesn’t count for anything.

    More people should get 35mm. Harder to fake.

  4. Richard888 responds:

    Yea really. I sure hope that her picture will show more than a wave. If there’s one thing that beats blobs, it’s waves.

  5. Haley Fisher responds:

    Hey guys.
    I’m arranging a personal meeting with the witnesses to discuss this matter. If you want, I can keep you all posted.

  6. springheeledjack responds:

    First, yes, here’s to a good photo, and not a thumb or wave, or track in the water…

    second, go Haley Fisher…see what details you can get and give us a report back!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Am always eager for good reports on swimming cryptos!

  7. Haley Fisher responds:

    No problem. I should be able to get some answers within a week, week and a half, and I’ll post the results. From the brief chat that I had with Robyn yesterday, she seems genuine — never really cared or took Ogopogo seriously, and is genuinely perplexed by what she saw.

  8. Lyndon responds:

    Doesn’t say how far away she was from the subject when she saw it and took the photo.

    It’ll be interesting to see the photo but I’m not holding my breath that anything can actually be seen in it.

    Keep us posted Hayley…..even if it turns out to be nothing.

  9. Lightning Orb responds:

    Don’t know for sure this will end up being conclusive evidence, but it certainly has my hopes up higher than a lot of the things I’ve been reading lately (Lion that’s a dog, Bigfoot cadavers…) Sometimes, the simplest of cases end up being the best.

  10. Oh Brother responds:

    I wonder if the Ogopogo and other lake monsters are surviving examples of the Leviathan that is described in the Old Testament, particularly Job 41.

  11. springheeledjack responds:

    Ditto from above…we need some good quality something for a change instead of 7 seconds of an idiot in a suit or somebody that doesn’t have anything better to do than trash crypto-videos on youtube!!!

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