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What is the Ogopogo?


Over 1,170 people say they have seen a monster in Lake Okanagan, a lake in British Columbia, It’s approximate depth is over 1,200 feet and the lake’s system has a length of 80 miles. Lake Okanagan has an abundance of fish, krill, and shrimp. It is interesting because many paleontologists say that Plesiosaurs probably ate shrimp. Ogopogo is said to have a head like a horse, a long neck, one to several humps, webbed feet or flippers, and a long, whip-like tail. I have come to the conclusion there is more evidence for Ogopogo than the Loch Ness Monster. What is the strange creature in the lake’s depths? Listed below are some of the leading theories on what the animal is:

1.)The animal isn’t even real. All the eyewitnesses are lying or mistaken.

The idea that all the eyewitnesses are lying or mistaken is simply unreasonable. There have been many credible witnesses including Arlene Gaal, the world’s leading expert on the Okanagan creature. Below are some documented photographs and film.

Date: 1996. Region: Lake Okanagan. Witness: (Last name) Zaiser
Date: 1990. Region: Lake Okanagan. Witness: DeMara
Date: 1987. Region: Lake Okanagan. Witness: Kirk
Date: 1989. Region: Lake Okangan. Witness: Chaplin
Date: 1968. Region: Lake Okanagan. Witness: Folden
Date: 1979. Region: Lake Okanagan. Witness: Gaal
Date: 1980. Region: Lake Okanagan. Witness: Thal
Date: March 9, 2000 Region: Lake Okanagan. Witness: Berry
Date: 1980. Region: Lake Okanagan. Witness: Francey/Gaal
Date: 1990. Region: Lake Okanagan. Witness: Paskal
Date: 1989. Region: Lake Okanagan. Witness: Gaal
Date: 1992. Region: Lake Okangan. Witness: Johnson/Rolston
Date: July 12, 1981. Region: Lake Okanagan Witness: Wachlin
Date: 1980. Region: Lake Okanagan. Witness: Allsup
Date: 1976. Region: Lake Okanagan. Witness: Fletcher
Date: 1984. Region: Lake Okanagan. Witness: Svennson
Date: 1982 Region: Lake Okanagan. Witness: Boiselle
Date: 1990 Region: Lake Okanagan Witness: Simmons

These films and photographs are sufficient evidence entirely disprove the skeptics.

2.)The animal is a Basilosaurus or similar “prehistoric whale."

This is a possible explanation for the creature. However, this does not account for the long-neck of Ogopogo and the land-sightings. Some have hypothesized that there are several unknown creatures hiding in the depths of Lake Okanagan. This may account for the varied descriptions of Ogopogo. One problem with the whale theory, is how could 40 foot whale survive in a medium-sized, fresh water lake? Why hasn’t one beached itself by now? Most of the Ogopogo sightings do not mention whale spouts, or breaching. Whales are generally, friendly creatures. The animal in Lake Okanagan has eluded capture for hundreds of years. One problem with the whale theory is the Francy/Gaal photograph. It shows an animal with very long, thin neck, raised high into the air, with a hump trailing behind it. There is no whale in the world that looks that.

3. One of the most controversial theories – a living plesiosaur. Plesiosaurs were sea-going reptiles with long necks, four paddle-like flippers, and a humped back. Most contemporary scientist believe these strange creatures lived and died millions of years ago in the fanciful Mesozoic Era. Other scientists contend these animals were buried in massive flood appox. 4,500 years ago. Recent studies have shown the enormous impact a gigantic flood can produce in created mountains, canyons, etc… Basically, one group of scientist believe plesiosaurs went extinct 65 million years ago. Another group of scientist believe plesiosaurs went extinct only a few thousand years ago and some could have survived.
If plesiosaurs lived only a few thousand years, there is a high possibility there could be a few still around today. One place is Lake Okanagan. Many years ago, the Indians told of strange animals that would bask on the shore of the lake. Their description of the animals matched that of a plesiosaur. More recently in 2000, Arlene Gaal, Mike Guzzi, and Masayuki Tamaki were watching the sonar screen onboard a boat when it showed a 30 foot long creature with bubbles rising from it. They were able to distinguish a small head, a body and tail, and appendages on its sides. They are all reliable eyewitness. What animal resembles their description? Whales do not have small a small head. An eel’s fins wouldn’t even be visible and its body wouldn’t be discernable. A giant fish does not have a small head either. A Plesiosaur matches the description quite well.
Is there any photographic evidence of a plesiosaur-like monster in Lake Okanagan. Yes! In 1981 two women saw a strange creature swimming across the lake. One took a photograph. You can see the photo in the book "In Search of Ogopogo." The animal is not a whale, fish, or eel. It is clearly a plesiosaur-like animal with reptilian or snake-like neck.
There are many other sightings of the animal that led me to conclude the animal is giant marine reptile.

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