Sylvia Lake Monster

Posted by: Loren Coleman on October 17th, 2009

Gouverneur Tribune-Press
Gouverneur, New York
June 18, 1941




For the second time in nine years Sylvia Lake’s sea serpent has been seen, according to some visitors at the lake Sunday [presumably June 11 or 18, 1916]. They maintain that they saw the serpent while on the lake Sunday morning, according to a report brought here by George Delaney and other members of the Gouverneur-Edwards road force.

According to their description, the sea serpent is about nine feet long, has a head as big as a man’s and a long spiny tail. The spectators think they saw six legs when the serpent dived into the water. It has ears like a mule and dark brown eyes with light brown hair covering its face and red whiskers falling from the lower jaw.

Thanks to Jerome Clark for this archival report.

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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.

2 Responses to “Sylvia Lake Monster”

  1. springheeledjack responds:

    My first thought is…what has six legs in the animal world excluding insects…could it be that there were four and then moss or something on it to make someone think it had six legs…that’s a little odd…and with a long spiny tail, well that isn’t really the standard detail for pinnipeds–another oddity…I mean aside from the mule ears…

  2. wuffing responds:

    Sounds to me like a garbled description of a moose eating Potamogeton.

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