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Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Polish Lake Monster

Posted at the Lake Monsters Facebook page as representing "The Obra Water Monster.POLAND". This could be a very large otter, hence a possible Master-otter. The hide of it actually reminds me of the wetted fur of a swimming dog more than anything else.

It does not look like a fish and that would be a highly unusual position for a fish to get its body into

Polish Legends, Folklore, Myths and Stories
Polish Legend : The Obra Water Monster
Loch Ness is not the only lake with a reputation for a Monster. The River Obra, a small offshoot of the River Warta, in the west of what is now Poland, is said to be the home of a similar giant water-based 'monster'.
Over the years, many reliable witnesses, have reported seeing a giant snake-like creature either in the river Warta or Obra, or in one of the many lakes, which are connected to the river Obra. Some report seeing ducks, swans and even small dogs being attacked and dragged underwater by some powerful unseen predator. Few of which emerge from the water again. Others have supposedly witnessed a giant snake trying to upset boats on one of the lakes in the area in which the river Obra is situated.
Some have suggested that this snakelike monster is in fact a giant European Catfish, which by some freak of nature has grown to enormous proportions. Elsewhere in Europe the same fish has been shown to have attacked dogs and large water birds, so there would appear to be no reason why the reports from Poland of a giant 'lake monster' shouldn't actually relate to a catfish.
Whether this is a giant fish or something more mysterious is uncertain. But stories continue to this day of a giant water dwelling creature, which hunts after dusk along the sparcely populated Obra. 

Under 'River Obra'

There is also an interesting local legend connected with the Obra river. This legend is centred around the northern part of the river, near Bledzew, and in particular, Lake Czapliniec, and tells of a giant long-lived 'fish' (some say monster!), which is said to eat ducks, swans and even small dogs.


  1. Its a dog named Caesar swimming in a lake. Here's the owners picture-archive which also includes this image:

    1. I am much relieved you said that. My first reaction was that the body surface looked exactly like a wetted dog's hide, but the way the back moved bothered me somewhat. Incidentally I may be staying in Germany for an extended period next year. If so I should very much like tocontact you there.

    2. My pleasure. If you know when you're here let me know and we will see what we can arrange.


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