Yeah, Lake Monsters V. Can’t you just hear the movie announcer guy in your head with that.
“This Summer… In a world where they thought it was safe to go into the water. Lake Monsters V!”
Ok, enough of that.
Unless otherwise stated, all information below can be found on Wikipedia
Storsjöodjuret: Which is pronounced [ˈstuːʂøːuˈjʉːrɛ] in Sweeden, (that clears things up) is also called Storsie for short. The name literally means “Great-Lake Monster” which really disappoints me. Come On Sweden, you gave us such cool things as the Midgard Serpent, you couldn’t come up with a cooler name than “Great-Lake Monster”? Even ABBA had a more creative name.
Storsie has the distinction of being Sweden’s only lake monster (THANK YOU!!) and in 1986 it was declared an endangered species. The creature, and any nests or offspring that people may come across were now protected by national law. This was revoked in 2005 when the government probably figured out you can’t protect something that doesn’t exist.
From what I can tell, Storsie has the oldest known record. Below is the translation that Wikipedia had of where Storsie came from.
A long, long time ago two trolls, Jata and Kata, stood on the shores of the Great-Lake brewing a concoction in their cauldrons. They brewed and mixed and added to the liquid for days and weeks and years. They knew not what would result from their brew but they wondered about it a great deal. One evening there was heard a strange sound from one of their cauldrons. There was a wailing, a groaning and a crying, then suddenly came a loud bang. A strange animal with a black serpentine body and a cat-like head jumped out of the cauldron and disappeared into the lake. The monster enjoyed living in the lake, grew unbelievably larger and awakened terror among the people whenever it appeared. Finally, it extended all the way round the island of Frösön, and could even bite its own tail. Ketil Runske bound the mighty monster with a strong spell which was carved on a stone and raised on the island of Frösön. The serpent was pictured on the stone. Thus was the spell to be tied till the day someone came who could read and understand the inscription on the stone.
Ok Sweden. You redeemed yourself. The monster may have a crappy name, but at least you went all out on the origin legend. Even have an actual “magic” tablet on the lake shore to go with it. Well done.[Unconfirmed]
Trunko – Not really a “lake” monster but I thought it was cool enough to put in this list. Trunko is the name given to an unidentified carcass that washed up on Margate Beach in South Africa in 1924. The carcass rotted on the shore for 10 days before anybody thought it was interesting enough to warrant scientific research or even a photograph. Trunko was 47ft long and supposed to have white fur, a lobster tail and an elephant trunk. The London Daily Mail reported that this creature died in an epic battle with two killer whales and washed up on shore. The most plausible explanation is that the creature was already long dead and the Orcas were fighting over the choicest bits. Many experts believe (from the photo to the left and other pictures) that what washed up that day was not an animal per se but something called a globster. What is a globster? Well, it’s really cool, and really disgusting at the same time. When a whale dies different parts of it’s body rot at different speeds. The fat from the whale will detach from the muscle tissue and float away, to be fought over by orcas and wash up as a giant rotting mass on a beach. The decomposition of the blubber is what gives it that “furry” look.[Disputed; whaleblubber]
Turtle Lake Monster – *facepalm* You’re KILLING ME Canada! Seriously. Yet ANOTHER ONE?! Do you really need this many monsters? Come on. Share some with Mexico or some nations in Africa. Why must you have so god damn many lake monsters?! :sheesh:
*sigh* fine. So you got another monster. At least the “Turtle Lake Monster” isn’t nearly as obvious as Storsie in Sweden. This one doesn’t look like a turtle at all, but is supposed to resemble a giant, 27ft. sea horse (but most probably it’s yet another sturgeon.) Turtle Lake is located in Saskatchewan a land filled with people who are a down-to-earth lot uncomfortable about hyping something they believe has to have a simple, rational explanation. Such explanations like the one put forth by former school teacher, Ben Blatz, who thinks that plesiosaurs adapted to live in the lake after the prehistoric oceans receded from what is now Canada. But, whatever the explanation if you were to ask somebody who lives off Turtle Lake what the creature is, they may tell you that they think it’s a monster but that they can’t be sure “cause the fish aren’t talkin”.[Unconfirmed]
Zuiyo-maru carcass – Named for the Japanese fishing trawler that found it in 1977. Zuiyo-maru was caught off the coast of New Zealand. Concerned about his daily catch of fish being contaminated by the rotting flesh, Captain Akira Tanaka had the 10m carcass dumped back into the ocean. Luckly, some of his crew wanted to come home with more than just a “fish” story and they took measurements, pictures, bone and skin samples before it was tossed back into the drink. As a result, a “plesiosaur-craze” swept through Japan and the fishing company ordered all of their boats to scour the area looking for the lost carcass. Which by now had probably either been eaten or sunk to the bottom of the sea. Professor Tokio Shikama fromYokohama National University was convinced it was a plesiosaur, tests of the amino acids in the tissue samples revealed it to be a basking shark. According to Wikipedia “Decomposing basking shark carcasses lose most of the lower head area and the dorsal and caudal fins first, making them resemble a plesiosaur.” And, you know that your dead monster has become a pop icon when it shows up in a Godzilla movie. In the 1990 Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah, Zuiyo-maru is referenced but, to help fit the plot better, was cited as being a dead plesiosaur. [Dead Shark]
That’s it folks! These are all the lake monsters that I found… well, all the ones I thought might be interesting anyway. There are many more out there that I know of. If you have a lake monster story, share it. I’d love to hear what you have experienced.
Next on Cryptids…. I will either cover Sasquatch creatures, or strange devil-beings.