Storsjön Blobbogey Caught On Film

Posted by: Loren Coleman on August 28th, 2008

Radio Sweden is reporting from their country that a documentary crew is claiming to have finally caught a local Lake Monster on film.

A film team who positioned cameras underwater in northern Sweden’s Storsjön lake during the spring, say they have seen clear indications of an underwater monster, according to Swedish Television’s local news. The film sequence clearly shows a blurry silhouette radiating body heat.

This would be the legendary Great Lake Sea Monster (Storsjöodjuret), which is said to lurk in the waters of the Storsjön outside Östersund in northern Sweden.

I have to officially note that this is a blurry “blobbogey.” Blob is used as in blobsquatch, which is an undefined landbased human-like object shown in a photograph and disseminated by forums and blogs on the Internet. (See “The Short History of Blobsquatch.”) Bogey is a generalized modern slang word, linked to meaning something ill-defined, as an evil or mischievous spirit; a hobgoblin; a cause of annoyance or harassment; and an unidentified flying object.

(Blobbogeying, where one jumps from one blob image to another blob image on various blogs, is not to be confused with blogsquatching, the new term I coined on November 25, 2006, which describes the use of web logs to spread information on unknown hairy hominoids such as Sasquatch, Yeti, and Yowie. Such blogsquatching sites often freely share the latest examples of blobsquatch images and/or arguments about them.)

So now blobbogey images are being found with underwater cameras of alleged Lake Monsters?

This isn’t the first time Sweden has tried to outwit the lake’s most private inhabitant. Back in 1894 a company was created with one specific aim: to catch the underwater monster.

Although that never became a reality, Jämtland’s county administration created a law in 1986 to forbid the “killing, injuring or capture of any living animal of that type.” The law was later repealed in 2005.

Today’s Lake Monster team are stepping up their chances: currently they have six cameras on site, next year they are set for 30 cameras 24/7.

The image from the footage has surfaced and was added to the top at 1:00 PM Eastern, thanks to a Brandeis University alumni’s tip.

See the video, which has now been uploaded 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.

6 Responses to “Storsjön Blobbogey Caught On Film”

  1. Mysteriousness responds:


    Thanks, as always, for the quick coverage of this interesting story!

    It’s not much to go on, but it’s something! I think we’re all feeling a little burned at the moment, but let’s keep our fingers crossed, nonetheless.

  2. Loren Coleman responds:

    Update: Image has been located and added, thanks to hint from “Mysteriousness.”

  3. pcs800 responds:

    Kinda looks like a nurse shark, not sure if that is even possible out there.

  4. Shane Durgee responds:

    I’d say sturgeon as well. I don’t know about the European species, but there are old fisherman’s tales of sturgeon in the Great Lakes that reached 20+ ft in length.

    Massive specimens of common animals are always the best mundane explanation for these lake monsters.

  5. PhotoExpert responds:

    Loren, correct me if I am wrong, but is that an underwater “thermal” image?

    If it is, it could be just about anything. It could be a sturgeon or other fish, it could be rotating thermal currents in the water, etc.

    If you could please clarify if this is a still from a camera or a thermal image from an underwater camera.


  6. cliffhanger042002 responds:

    Potentially interesting video, but I was looking through the 2 articles that are posted trying to find some information on the dimensions of this anomalous figure and didn’t even see any speculation as to the length/girth, etc. Has anyone seen any info regarding the size? Without some kind of estimate as to the size then it’s really kinda hard to justify making a big deal about it. I mean if there was some kind of way to get an approximate measurement and know that it is very large, larger than any indigenous species, then I could see what the fuss is all about, but without said info then it’s not really interesting at all. Too likely that the subject is just a local aquatic species doing it’s thing. IMO anyway.

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