There are reports of lake monsters in lakes all over the world, including the United States, Russia, South America, Scotland, Sweden, Australia, Canada. This picture is a drawing of our very own Ogogopogo who lives in Lake Okanagan in the interior of British Columbia. In 1926, Ogopogo was sighted by thirty carloads of people heading for a picnic at Mission Beach on the shore of Lake Okanagan. And the First Nations have legends of lake monsters in lakes all over British Columbia, dating back for centuries. To them, there was no question that these animals existed, and there were ancient legends of them basking on the shores of the lakes.
In Sproat Lake, where I grew up, there are petroglyphs depicting a sea monster, with the same characteristic long neck, four flippers and long tail. (If you click on the picture to enlarge it, you can see the details of the animal.) These petroglyphs (K'ak'awin) are considered prehistoric, and little is known about them, but the pictures are very clear. When I was a teenager, this was our favorite swimming spot on the lake -- it was dark, deep and refreshing on a hot summer day. The more daring kids would dive off the top of the petroglyphs into the lake. I love swimming in deep water, and I sometimes wondered what was down there, swimming beneath me. Could it see me? If I believe in a lake monster, does it believe in me?
In April 2005, National Geographic reported that geologist Philip D. Gingerich and his team had excavated the first known nearly complete skeleton of a Basilosaurus isis. Some cryptozoologists believe the Basilosaurus to be the same animal as the lake monster reported in Okanagan Lake (Ogopogo). One theory is that these animals are a living plesiosaurs. Plesiosaurs were not true dinosaurs, but were reptiles, and could very well still exist today. Plesiosaurs were sea-going, with long necks, four paddle-like flippers, and a humped back. There is another theory that a massive flood approximately 4,500 years ago created some of the deep mountain lakes all over the world where these creatures have been seen, including in the famous Loch Ness.
To this date, these creatures are still legend, although there have been hundreds of sightings of them, but no plausible explanation. There are still so many undiscovered things far in the murky depths of oceans and deep lakes. I think, in many ways, it is as interesting a frontier as outer space. What kinds of wonderful and strange aliens has man yet to discover in the darkness of both these places.