I have posted before on this topic and this item brings forth some new information. Of some interest, is the fact that the Great Glen and the
Lake Champlain valley are one and the same torn apart 400 million years ago or so. I also find it noteworthy that the bulk of the affected lakes have an active glacial history in which they all must have possibly been scoured out.
My earlier effort took note of the fact that these apparent sea creatures clearly prefer cold waters and are not appearing in warm tropical waters. Yet that merely means a preference for the water temperatures of the ‘Deep’. It likely means a low tolerance for warm surface waters.
I also posted that the likely niche for these creatures was the Deep and that trips up river to large lakes were for spawning purposes, plausibly in decaying vegetation. Again, with no effort at all we have a creature whose normal lifeway fails to intersect ours at all.
By describing a plausible niche the creature is revealed as I have done with many cryptoid reports. The lake were always too small for a viable population.
The dragon in the loch
Posted on Friday, 20 August, 2010 | 6 comments
Columnist: William B Stoecker
People have always believed in and often reported seeing strange creatures unknown to zoologists. Today, such unknown animals, like the Yeti or Sasquatch are called “cryptids,” meaning simply that they are hidden or little understood, if they exist at all.
Although new types of animals and plants are discovered all the time, usually the animals are insects or other small creatures, but sometimes, as with the discovery of a new species of ungulate in northern
a few years ago, they are quite large. And new species are discovered fairly regularly in the oceans, which average about three miles in depth and cover very roughly three quarters of our planet. Even large and previously unknown varieties of shark and squid are found from time to time. And then of course there are so called sea serpents, like the famous Vietnam New England sea serpent of the nineteenth century, seen by dozens of supposedly reputable witnesses. The sea serpents as reported sometimes resemble giant eels or actual snakes; others reportedly resemble presumably extinct marine reptiles, most notably the long-necked varieties of plesiosaurs. Yet the sea serpents are often reported as having a row of humps on their backs and/or moving primarily in an up and down pattern. Fish (including eels) and reptiles move primarily from side to side and have limited vertical flexibility. Some writers and researchers have suggested that the sea serpents might be unknown types of whales, since some prehistoric whales had long, slender bodies, and whales, being mammals, are vertically flexible. Some have even wondered if some reports might not be a new kind of pinniped (seals, sea lions, and walrus are all pinnipeds) or even some kind of giant penguin. The problem with this is that mammals and birds are air breathing and must therefore spend most of their time at or near the surface, making it hard for them to escape capture and identification. And pinnipeds and penguins must come ashore to bear their young and lay their eggs.
The vast, deep oceans are one thing, but freshwater lakes, of limited depth and size are another, especially when they are far from the sea. It is only natural for people to look down into the dark and mysterious waters of a deep lake and imagine that some dreadful creature might live there, but how could similar creatures exist in a great many lakes not connected to one another and only remotely connected to the sea, often via narrow and shallow rivers? Yet they are reported by hundreds of witnesses in a score of lakes around the world, and there are even intriguing (though inconclusive) still pictures, films, and videos. We shall briefly examine four of these lakes.
The most famous is Loch Ness, located in
Lake Champlain in New York, Vermont, and Quebec is part of the Great Appalachian Valley, which is a southern extension of the St. Lawrence fault…which, incredibly, is the west end of Scotland’s Great Glen fault, broken and separated tens of millions of years ago by plate tectonics, when North America split off from Europe and drifted west. The lake is some 110 miles long and 12 miles wide at its widest part, and about 400 feet deep at one point in the long, narrow channel running the length of the lake. Due to seasonal temperature changes, the lake produces deep seiche waves. There are plenty of lake trout and Atlantic salmon in the lake, perhaps enough to feed a community of large creatures, if they exist, if they are physical and biological in nature, and if they are carnivorous. Interestingly, most researchers seem to assume that lake monsters are predators…but suppose that they are plankton or plant eaters? There have been some 300 reported sightings of “Champ,” varying widely in description. The local Iroquois and Abenaki Indians believed a monster called Tatostok lived in the depths of
And this is a problem. On the one hand, the sheer mass of the reports, especially the many sonar contacts in Loch
Most of the lake monsters and sea serpents resemble ancient accounts of dragons. No one has ever satisfactorily explained why dragon myths, often depicting very similar creatures, are found all over the world. European dragons included fire drakes which could fly and breathe fire and cold drakes which lived in the water, sometimes even in wells. The dragons were portrayed as huge reptilian creatures with long necks and tails, and long horns or ears (or both), and, in many cases, bat wings, and, often, dorsal spines. Their heads were often depicted as horse-shaped. The European dragons were often malevolent, and sometimes lived in caves. Interestingly, in the ancient Anglo Saxon poem Beowulf, the dragon, seen at night, resembles a UFO. Chinese dragons were similar, but had no wings (although they could fly), and had antlers rather than horns, and were seen as mostly benevolent creatures who had something to do with rainstorms. Dragons in general were regarded as intelligent beings, and were said to hoard and guard treasure. On the Ishtar Gate of
William B Stoecker
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