Sent in by Scott Mardis
Scott Mardis is currently on expedition at Lake Champlain.
Long of neck, "Champ" is thought to resemble this Plesiosaur (ABOVE), recently discovered near Comox, B.C. This sculpture is part of the Cryptozoology display at BC Experience, in Victoria.
PHOTO: BC EXPERIENCE
|Like the Loch Ness Monster, while most regard Champ as legend, others have speculated it is possible such a creature does live deep in the lake, possibly a relative of the plesiosaur, an extinct group of aquatic reptiles.|
Source for the photos above, the text on this page mostly quotes the Wikipedia entry reprinted also below.
|The Mansi Photograph of Champ, the Lake Champlain Monster|
|(Lake Champlain Monster, Champtanystropheus americansus)|
|Sub grouping||Lake Monster / Sea Serpent|
|Country||United States Canada|
Cultural importance to New York and Vermont
History of the legend
Exotic species of large animals
2. Basilosaurus: Perhaps the most prominent supporter of this hypothesis is cryptozoologist Roy P. Mackal, who is of the opinion that most lake monster sightings around the world can be explained as sightings of surviving Zeuglodons. Zeuglodons, or Basilosaurs, were large, serpentine ancient whales that lived during the Eocene Epoch. The shape of their bodies appears to fit most descriptions of Champ, especially the ones which describe it as looking like a gigantic sea serpent.
[Ordinary Gray seals have been found on Lake Champlain at repeated times in the past and it is not impossible that other larger kinds of seals might also have lived there-DD]
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Legendary Native American Figures: Gitaskog (Tatoskok)Name: Gitaskog
Tribal affiliation: Abenaki, Penobscot
Alternate spellings: Gtaskog, Kitaskog, Kita-skog, Keeta-skog, Gitaskog, Giciskog, Gichi-skog, Gitaskogak (plural form)
Also known as: Msaskog, Msa-skog, Tatoskog, Tatoskok, Pita-skog, Peeta-skog, Peetaskog
Type: Lake monster, serpent
Related figures in other tribes: Kci-Athussos (Maliseet), Jipijka'm (Micmac), Kichiginebig (Anishinabe), Maneto (Fox) Gitaskog or Tatoskok is an underwater horned serpent, common to the legends of most Algonquian tribes. Gitaskog is said to lurk in lakes and eat humans. All of its names are variants on the meaning "great serpent" or "big serpent."