Storsie To Resurface

Posted by: Loren Coleman on June 17th, 2006

The forthcoming Storsjoyran Great Lake Festival on July 27-29, 2006, will have the local “president” Ewert Ljusberg of Jämtland making his annual speech to the region, again marked by a new imaginative and spectacular entrance.

According to John Gammon’s June 17, 2006, Pollstar article, the idea is to top last year’s stunt:

In 1996 [Ewert Ljusberg] rode in on a seven-ton elephant, which was making a guest appearance while en route from a Spanish to a Swedish circus, but he topped that in ’99, when he tried to float down in a huge air balloon.

He missed the main 20,000-capacity square at Ostersund (where the event is traditionally held), got snaffled on a nearby building and ended up shouting his state of the union address from the rooftop.

This year, he’s planning to sail into the city across the great lake that borders it, on the back of a model of the huge monster that lives beneath its waters.

The monster in the lake, similar to the world-famous one that’s supposed to be swimming around in Loch Ness in Scotland, is the subject of remarkable tales that the locals spin for visiting tourists.

Even more remarkably, the tourists seem to swallow the stories hook, line and sinker and spend hours poised on the lake shore – camera in hand – waiting for a ripple on the surface.

Stronsay Beast

(Storsie, the Swedish Lake Monster, is not to be confused with the Stronsay Beast, above, a Long-Necked Sea Monster, first sighted on September 25, 1808, lying on rocks at Rothiesholm Head, in the southeast of Orkney island.)

Well, of course, despite the tone of the news reporter, the locals, as well as the tourists, tend to have some hope in seeing Storsie, because so many have before them. As I mention in my and Patrick Huyghe’s book The Field Guide to Lake Monsters, Sea Serpents, and Other Mystery Denizens of the Deep, there’s a long serious tradition at the lake. First recorded historically as having been sighted in 1635, Storsie, the Lake Monster from Storsjo, this deep mountain lake in central Sweden, has been seen at least 150 times by 450 people. It has been a topic of scholarly and scientific interest ever since.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
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.

6 Responses to “Storsie To Resurface”

  1. Forever_Elusive responds:

    Good morning Loren,John,Craig,and Rick. Loren you and Craig looked beastly on the travel channel last night :P. Good thing we have going on here. I am just not sure of the Lake monster appearing during the festival, just to much going on at one time for the big guy. i am not saying that it is non-existent, just that this would not be a good time for him to show up. did anyone ever hear about the Thatcher Government in Scotland and the Swedish government signing papers to protect the lake monsters because they were worried about their safety? Sounds kind of interesting to me. have a nice day everyone, i have to go. – Dustin

  2. RavenMadd responds:

    Thanx guys

  3. twblack responds:

    Not sure about this one everything I have read about this supposed creature their is a lot of researchers saying this lake does not have nearly the fish population to support any large type creatures. Their seems to be quite a few people even in the crypto world that has their doubts on Storsie also. I love all things crypto and hope it is real just pointing out their are a lot of people who think this is nothing but a tourism thing.

  4. springheeledjack responds:

    I have heard a lot of heresay and a lot of programs and people referring to the lake storsjo critter, but I have been able to find very little written info on actual sightings, so I was wondering where actual hard info for the case of the creature might be…I watched a program where an expedition was put in the works, but the whole thing had very little good information about the area and spent more time with the bickering and dysfunction of the assembled group than it did on actually trying to convince me there was anything out of the ordinary in the lake.

  5. shumway10973 responds:

    as far as fish needing to be there for it to survive, there are large fish that live off plankton, though that would be one clean lake.

  6. crypto_randz responds:

    I believe in storsie. I’ve read a lot of Jan Sundberg’s articles regarding this animal plus I have listened to sonar recordings and they are pretty convincing. The recordings that were made of this animal, most all of them were growls and grunts. These sounds were not from any kind of animals that lived in water, those sounds are pretty extraordinary. Jan Sundberg thinks the animal could be one of three things, a huge catfish which could be in the 40 ft category or an eel then he thinks that he and his crew may have recorded a sea serpent.

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