November 13, 2011
Elusive Canadian Sea Monster Caught on Video?
A British Columbia resident believes that he has captured the creature known as Ogopogo, known to many as the "Loch Ness Monster of Canada" on a video that has since been uploaded to YouTube.
According to Michael Sheridan of the New York Daily News, the "shaky" video does not actually show the creature itself, but instead "features waves which appear to be formed by something moving beneath the surface of the water."
CNET's Edward Moyer notes that the video was shot at a winery located above Okanagan Lake in the Canadian province. It was later uploaded to the popular Internet video-sharing website by CHBC news and "shows what looks like two large and oddly formed ripples on the lake's surface."
"It was not going with the waves," Huls reportedly told The Vancouver Sun earlier this week. "It was not a wave obviously, just a darker color. The size and the fact that they were not parallel with the waves made me think it had to be something else."
"It proves something is down there," he added. "Whether it's Ogopogo or not, it's a different story but there is something at least down there."
Benjamin Radford of Discovery News reports that sightings of this mysterious creature can be traced back until at least the 1920s, and those who claim to have seen it often say that it has dark skin and a series of humps.
Radford notes that there are only a handful of video and photographs that supposedly show Ogopogo, but that none of them "have provided any real evidence for the creature, and at least one famous video was later revealed as footage of a beaver."
Moyer notes that the creature had actually been seen as early as the 19th century, when it was known by natives as "Naitaka," or "lake demon." The name Ogopogo was first used in describing the creature following a 1924 appearance, and the name is linked to the sheet music of a fox-trot dance of the same name (which he says "featured an illustration of a scaly, banjo-playing creature").
So what exactly is the creature or object featured in Huls video?
"The footage shows not one but two long, dark shapes in the water that appear to be floating next to each other. Significantly, the objects that Huls filmed don't move at all; if it is a serpentine monster (or even an overgrown animal like an oarfish), judging by its (non)behavior, it´s probably dead," Radford said in a story Friday.
"What could those two unmoving long, dark, straight objects be? The most likely explanation is that Huls spied two logs that had escaped from a timber boom," he added. "Logging is one of the major industries in the Okanagan Valley, and there are countless logs floating in the lake that look exactly like the objects that Huls recorded. It is of course possible that a mysterious monster lurks somewhere in the cold depths of Lake Okanagan. But if so, it seems that it´s as camera-shy and elusive as ever."
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