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Famous Ogopogo Lake Monster Spotted in British Columbia

It is shaped like a plesiosaur with the tail of a whale.

Canada’s own “Loch Ness monster” has been spotted once again in Lake Okanagan. Going by the name of Ogopogo, this cryptid is said to have originated from the First Nations tribes of the area who believed an evil supernatural entity inhabited the waters. This view has been countered in modern times as a miscommunication with early European settlers, positing that the tribes considered the water spirit to be sacred as protector of the lake and surrounding valley. “Oggy”, as the lake monster is sometimes affectionately called, is described as having a thick serpentine body with smooth dark skin and can move at incredible speeds through the water by coiling its body in vertical undulations combined with a powerful tail.  

The video seems to be taken off the side of a boat and a pale, long whale-like tail can be seen going around the boat. The cameraman follows while trying to navigate footing past the guard rail to avoid falling in the water while recording this amazing footage. The creature is lazily swimming just beneath the surface and a full shot of it’s plesiosaur-like body can be seen with what appear to be four flippers and a long tail like a whale or dolphin.

The video cuts out maddeningly early, before we can see where the creature goes after the full body view, but it’s difficult to explain this with any currently known animals in existence. The obvious suggestion of it actually being a whale or dolphin are impossible if the footage is, in fact, from the Canadian lake as it is a freshwater lake.

Some suggest the creature is actually a very large sturgeon, however this is unlikely for several reasons. On average, sturgeon grow to be about ten feet in length, with the largest sturgeon of record being over twenty-three feet and caught in the early 1800s. The creature seen in the video is clearly much larger than a sturgeon that would even be considered large by modern fishermen and it doesn’t move with the fishy side to side swishing of its tail but seems to propel lazily through the water with vertical motions of its tail such as a whale or dolphin might. Additionally, no sturgeon have ever been proven to live in Lake Okanagan and there is currently an unclaimed $10,000 reward for concrete evidence of a population there. 

Ogopogo is unique from most lake monster legends because the legend also tells us where the creature resides - in an underwater cave on Rattlesnake Island. These persistent and pervasive legends of unknown creatures dwelling in the lake have garnered much cryptozoology tourism, which the local residents are happy to encourage by embracing the theme and welcoming new searches for the mysterious cryptid. 

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