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Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Scott Mardis Lake Champlain Sighting

Details of Scott Mardis' sighting of an unknown presumed animal on Lake Champlain, letter shared with Dick Raynor:

I was approximately where the red dot on the map is shown. Where you see the green dot is the general direction of my sighting.

Battery park sits elevated on a bluff with lowlands spreading out by the waterfront. I was sitting on a bench.

As best as I could, using this photo, I tried to illustrate the general direction of my sighting angle looking out toward the water (below, green dot).

Can't remember the exact model of the binoculars I was using but they were Nikons very much like these.
Here is what I saw through binoculars:

The whole encounter was over in like 40 seconds. Like Dinsdale, I saw a boat go by later in the same general area, approximately the same length as my "object". Later on I found a boat like the one I saw and it was about 15 feet long, so I figured 15 feet was about the length of my whats-it.

[The object off to the one side in the second photo is thought to have been a flipper owing to the way it attaches to the body with more of the body sticking out below it-DD]

[15 feet is in general the statistical standard size for the body (torso) in reports of such creatures worldwide, although many reports round that up to 20 feet and sightings at sea tend to be estimated as larger. This also matches the Mokele-mBembe because 15 feet is also about the length of your standard hippo and the Mokele-mBembe is also said to have a body of that length.-DD]

1 comment:

  1. Mardis' first sketch is reminiscent of the hump reported by Commander Meiklem at Loch Ness, although I would agree that the protrusion on this object is probably a flipper. Good catch on the similarity of the size to that reported in Mokele-Mbembe. I've been meaning to look through those reports and try to find similarities to freshwater and marine longneck reports.


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