As I posted on Nessie, we musthave a working conjecture in order to understand what may be valuableobservations. This recent sighting ofthe creature in Windermere is certainly the best yet and certainly conforms towhat we understand about Nessie.
My working conjecture is asfollows.
1 The creature is a reptile or remotely a dinosaur. It normally resides in what is referred to asthe Deep where it feeds and spends the majority of its life. It appears to have the form of a giant serpentand sports a mane of external gills to absorb oxygen.
2 It reproduces in deep freshwater lakes easilyaccessible to the sea. When it entersthese lakes to establish its nest, it comes up to the surface where it is occasionallysighted.
3 I expect it reproduces in the same manner as other semiaquatic reptiles like the Crocodile by establishing nests in near shore swampsin masses of organic material plausibly producing natural heat.
4 Such activity would be nocturnal but as a deep seadweller, it likely retreats to depth during the day to avoid sunlight.
Oceanic sighting of this creaturehas been made in both the Pacific and the
Atlanticin northern waters. So far I have seenno tales associated with tropical waters although they may well exist.
The typical lake associated withthese sightings is unusually deep and in the case of
Nessand Windermere rather closely connected to the sea. Thus food issues in those cases areirrelevant. If they are in the lakes inorder to produce eggs, then they may well not be feeding in any case.
However I suspect that thesecreatures do have the capacity to successfully bypass river barriers by goingon land and traveling short distances overland if water is readily available tohand.
Windermere is proving an easierlocation to make sightings and these photos are hopefully the beginning ofmany.
Bownessie Rears It's Ugly Humps Again
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2011
The image of 'Bownessie' taken by IT worker Tom Pickles on
dailymail -The legend of 'Bownessie' is echoing across the waters of
Lake Windermere once again after what is being called the best eversighting of the mythical sea creature.
Emerging from the mist with oily black skin and three eerie humps, this picturereveals a mystical looking beast gliding through the lake.
Emerging from the mist with oily black skin and three eerie humps, this picturereveals a mystical looking beast gliding through the lake.
The snap was taken on a camera-phone by terrified IT graduate Tom Pickles, 24,who said an animal the size of three cars sped across the lake in front himlast Friday.
'It was petrifying and we paddled back to the shore straight away,' he said.
'At first I thought it was a dog and then saw it was much bigger and movingreally quickly at about 10 mph. Each hump was moving in a rippling motion andit was swimming fast.'
This is believed to be the eighth sighting of a long hump-backed creature -affectionately known by locals as Bownessie - in the past last five years.
Mr Pickles, who said he watched the creature for 20 seconds, added: 'I couldtell it was much bigger underneath from the huge shadow around it.
'Its skin was like a seal's but its shape was completely abnormal - it's notlike any animal I've ever seen before.'
Mr Pickles's companion Sarah Harrington, 23, said: 'It was like an enormoussnake.
'It freaked us all out but it wasn't until we saw the picture that we thoughtwe'd seen something out of this world.
'I only saw it for a few seconds but all I could think about was that I had toget off the lake.'
The pair - who both work for Shrewsbery based IT company CapGemini - were onthe last day of a team building residential training course atFallbarrow Hall, Bowness,
They had kayaked 300m out into the lake near Belle Isle when they spotted themonster to the south.
Mr Pickles's picture perfectly matches the description of an earlier sightingfrom the shores of
He said: 'I'm really pleased that someone has finally got a really good pictureof it.
'I know what I saw and it shocked me, it had three humps and it's uncanny thelikeness between this and what I saw five years ago.'
Monster hunter Thomas Noblett and TV psychic Dean Maynard said this newsighting has fired up their enthusiasm for another search.
The pair have twice scoured the lake with sonar equipment looking forBownessie, but to no avail.
'We're convinced there's something down there and were going to get straightback out on the water,' said Mr Maynard.
Photo expert David Farnell of Farnell's photographic laboratory inLancaster,said he couldn't rule out a hoax but this is the best quality image ofBownessie he'd seen.
He said: 'It does look like a real photo but because its been taken on a phonethe file size is too small to really tell whether it has been altered onPhotoshop or not.'
Sceptics remain unconvinced that something that size could exist in the 11 milelong lake.
Nigel Wilkinson, director of Windermere Lake Cruises, said his boat crewhad over 100 years experience out on the water in all conditions and hadn'tspotted anything unusual.
He said: 'We carry 1.3 million passengers - that's is 2.6million eyeballs - and none of them have ever brought Bownessie to ourattention.
Dr Ian Winfield, a lake ecologist at the University of Lancaster, said itwas highly unlikely that an animal as large as three car lengths could survivein Windermere.
'It's possible that it's a catfish from Eastern Europe and people aremisjudging the size but there is no known fish as large as the descriptions werehearing that could be living in Windermere.'
'We run echo sounding surveys every month and have never foundanything.'
The mysterious aquatic beast is starting to draw parallels with the infamous LochNess monster for drawing even more tourists to the
Ellis Butcher from
'Nonetheless at the start of the tourism year, it doesn’t do the industry anyharm to have this kind of profile across the media.'
The Bownessie Search Continues....
Sky -Monster hunters have used sonar equipment for the first time to search for amysterious creature reportedly living in
Sky News filmed out on Windermere with the team looking for proof that thebeast exists.
In the last four years there have been seven reported sightings of a longhumpbacked animal, now nicknamed Bow-Nessie.
Windermere hotel owner, Thomas Noblett, described his strange encounter in thewater, saying: "All of a sudden I felt something brush past my legs like agiant fish.
"And then I was lifted up by a 3ft wave. I've no idea what it was."
During the sweep of the lake, the team spotted a strange 14 metre longdisturbance in the water but were unable to detect anything on sonar.
Searching Windermere is a huge task as the lake is 220ft deep in parts and overten miles long.
Hunt organiser, Dean Maynard, said: "We've had more creature sightingshere than at Loch
Last year, a local film crew spotted a 20 metre long object below the surfaceof the lake but sceptics believe the footage shows a wave from an unseen boat.
thewestmorlandgazette -A team of monster hunters will set sail on Windermere in a fresh search for‘Bownessie’.
The two men led a team of investigators to the lake to look for evidence lastyear but returned empty handed.
“Since last year, a lot of local people have told me they have felt somethingin the lake but have been too scared to say anything,” said Mr Noblett, ownerof the
“There is obviously something large in there. You just have to look at thedepth, width and length of it to know that.”
Bownessie was first spotted by tourist Steve Burnip in 2006. Mr Burnipdescribed a serpent like creature, around 15-feet in length, at the north endof the lake.
Mr Noblett was prompted to prove the existence of the creature when he was hitby a three-foot wave whilst swimming on Windermere last year.
“A lot of people boo-hoo it but they are mainly people who have never set footin the Lakes,” said Mr Noblett.
“Those who have seen it describe it as a very long and eel-like. One sailortold me he saw what looked like a big slab of meat roll past his boat anddisappear underneath the boat.
“It could be a very large catfish that has just grown to be really big. Some ofthose fish do live for a very long time.”
Mr Noblett and his crew of three will set out on a £300,000 yacht using sonarequipment to try and track Bownessie.
They will explore the deepest part of the lake and sail to a spot near GummersHowe, where the creature was snapped by Winderemere photographer
“Whenever I swim across the lake I always get the heebys jeebies at that part.There is a real eerie feeling around there.”
Mr Maynard said: "The last Bownessie investigation was very memorable andwe are hoping to have the same if not better results this time around.
"Since last year I have been contacted by many members of the public whohave told me that they have also witnessed seeing something large in the lakeover the past few years and we hope to get more evidence to back up these claims."
The Bownessie hunters will set sail on September 11.
Originally posted 9/6/2009
In Search Of Bownessie
thewestmorlandgazette.co.uk -A team of investigators will scour Windermere in a hunt for a legendary monsterthat is claimed to lurk in its deep waters.
The search follows years of reported sightings of a big creature in the lake,the most recent being in July when
A chartered boat will take to
There will also be people with cameras dotted around the shoreline to captureany unusual activity.
In 2006 The Westmorland Gazette reported how
He described it as being 15 to 20 feet long with a little head and two smallhumps following in its wake. He said it looked like a giant eel.
“I am absolutely convinced that there is a big creature in the lake,” said MrBurnip. “I am really pleased that there is a renewed interest in it because Iknow what I saw.
“I can see it in my head now, this grey lump and the humps breaking the waterlike you see in the classic Loch
Mr Adams, whose picture of the creature was studied by photographic expertsafter appearing on the front page of the Gazette, said: “I looked at it throughbinoculars and the naked eye and what I saw was huge.
"A lot of photographic experts have had the opportunity to look at thepictures and they are still baffled.”
Ecology experts have told the Gazette that catfish are sometimes introduced tolakes by anglers. They believe that what could be being seen is the Welshcatfish that originates from mainland
Originally posted 7/23/2009
'Windermere Monster' Wake Pummels Swimmer
A bizarre swimming incident on Windermere coincided with the announcement thata team of paranormal investigators will plumb the lake’s depths in search of agiant creature.
Thomas Noblett, 46, was swimming the lake this week when he was suddenlyswamped by a three-foot wave of unknown origin.
A spate of eyewitness sightings reported by The Gazette during 2006-2007described a 50-foot long serpent-like animal surfacing on Windermere.
Psychic Dean ‘Midas’ Maynard, who came to prominence by accurately predictingsports score lines and X factor winners, will join The Centre for ForteanZoology (CFZ), in the hunt for the beast in September.
Mr Noblett trains on the lake for four hours every day in preparation for achannel swim.
Never having had to deal with anything more than the odd passing trout, the46-year-old said he had since reconsidered the legend of the Windemere monster.
“I didn’t entertain it before. Now when I’m in the lake it has my fullattention,” he said.
Mr Noblett, managing director of The Langdale Chase Hotel, was swimming closeto
He and swimming trainer Andrew Tighe – paddling in a boat beside him – were theonly people on the lake.
“We had gotten up early and Windermere was crystal clear. The lake was totallyempty apart from us and all I could hear was the slapping of my arm against thewater,” explained Mr Noblett.
“All of a sudden this wave just hit us. Andrew said ‘where the hell did thatcome from?’ and it made the boat rock from side to side,” he continued.
Treading water, alone, in the centre of the lake, Mr Noblett watched as twolarge waves sped towards either shore.
“It was like a big bow wave; a three-foot swell at least. There was two, as ifa speed boat had sped past, but there were no boats on the lake,” he said.
Previously an escape from the jellyfish he dodges while training at sea, MrNoblett said the lake’s depths were not so inviting anymore.
“I always look forward to swimming in Windermere, now I’m starting to get thefear. Twice I have looked down and seen fish, but only small trout. The reedssometimes scare you, because they suddenly appear like triffids.”
Devon-based CFZ are the world’s only full time cryptozoology organisation forthe study of unknown animals.
Dean ‘Midas’ Maynard will join CFZ in September to search the lake for themonster.
Mr Maynard, with a background in ghost hunting, is currently searching for asonar-equipped boat to use in the search.
“It’s a fascinating subject. I’m not saying there is or isn’t something downthere. Most eyewitness accounts describe some sore of eel, which if living inopen water can grow very big,” said Mr Maynard.
Mr Noblett is swimming across the
Monday, February 26, 2007
Suspected Monster Spotted in
The 50ft long "creature" was snapped by photographer
They were at a secluded spot more than 1,000ft up a mountain when they spotteda dark shape moving in the water.
"It just came out of the blue," said Mr Adams. "The water wasincredibly peaceful and then this huge thing appeared, diving and thrashingaround."
He thought it was 50 ft long when compared to boats nearby.
He said it had a head like a labrador, only "much, much bigger".
Mr Adams, from Bowness-on-Windermere, said he knew the lake well and what hesaw was not a freak wave or boat. His sighting comes just months afterscientists visited Windermere to examine claims by a tourist that they saw a 20ft "serpent-like" creature.
A team of scientists visited the site last October to interview eye-witnessesand sent divers to Coniston Water to investigate reports of similar sightingsthere.
Mr Adams has christened his find the Bowness monster. "When I looked at mypictures on my computer I realised I had something," he added.
He sent his picture to a forensic photographer who confirmed it had not beendigitally enhanced.
Richard Freeman, of the centre for Fortean Zoology which researches mysteryanimals, said the sightings could be giant sterile eels which, unlike normaleels, stay in fresh water and "get bigger and bigger".
NOTE: Once again I am posting an update to the Bownessie saga. I've beenwatching this tale develop and continue for about 3 years. Frankly, I thinkthis 'cryptid' is a tourist grab for the