Source: The Canadian Press Posted: 07/23/08 8:21AM Filed Under: Canada
KELOWNA, B.C. (The Canadian Press) - Don't tell Robyn Holman that the mythical lake monster called the Ogopogo doesn't exist.
Because Holman says the elusive beast made an appearance as she and a friend were travelling along the highway near Peachland, B.C., on Sunday afternoon. Holman says she noticed a wave in the water on Okanagan Lake and couldn't believe her eyes when she turned to look.
Holman says she took a picture and is now waiting to get the photo developed. Whether it turns out or not, the Kelowna, B.C., woman is now convinced that the legendary Ogopogo does exist.
The Ogopogo legend has been in existence for as long as settlers have been in B.C.
The first recorded sighting was in 1872, by Mrs. John Allison, and sightings have been recorded regularly ever since, although there is no solid evidence that the creature exists.
First Nations legends call the beast the N'ha-a-itk, or lake demon, according to local lore.
Similar to the monster of Loch Ness in Scotland, the Ogopogo is purportedly a serpent-like creature, somewhere between six and 15 metres long, with a horse-shaped head and a dark blue or brown body.
I'm glad I saw this post because I have seen one of these guys...Lake Champlain's "Champ"!
I was about 6 years old and aboard the ferry between Port Kent, NY and Burlington, VT. Our family used to camp every summer in up-state New York and go on day-trips to Vermont so we had made this ferry trip many times. I would always be right at the front to watch the water and look for mermaids (6 yrs old here) and so I knew all the little rocks and islands that we would pass on our way back. We were coming to a little clump of rocks that I was quite familiar with (a little less than 2 city blocks away from the ferry) when I saw a rock that I knew didn't belong because it wasn't there when we initially crossed! It was smooth like the others, oval-shaped, and what could be seen above the surface was long enough that an adult could lie down on it and not get wet. And the one memory I have of this that still seems so very vivid was how the sun didn't glint the same off of this rock as it did the others. Anyways, just as I was about to run and find my Dad; the weird, smooth rock rose out of the water a little (kind of like a balloon) then went under again without a splash, or a trace, or barely a ripple.
I told my parents a little later on what I had seen and they said it was just a trick by the tides. I let it go but have always known what I saw on Lake Champlain that day was very special.
This story is only known to 4 people in my life. And, well, I guess whoever reads this post! Thanks for letting me share this here.
Post by westerncanadian on Aug 20, 2008 22:33:17 GMT -5
I saw the Westerncanadian signal today, but you know what, I saw that my trusty crapometer has been going crazy as a huge pile of dangerous crap was streaking toward Canada from two directions: Georgia USA and Palo Alto, USA.
The good folks at the CBC asked me to deal with this so had to grab my trusty crap zapper and destroy this dire threat to the integrity of Canadian sasquatchery.
I had to use my wiles to counter this threat to the notion that a dead sasquatch could be found anywhere but B.C. before I turned my attention to that wonderful story that Catzilla shared in this section. That is a fascinating sighting and I wish that more of the object had been exposed to help Catzilla enjoy the experience even more.
Sorry but I must go again as it is time to return my task of keeping Canada free of hoax crap and keeping our streets safe.
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