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Lake Champlain received it’s
named from a man named, Samuel de Champlain. Samuel was a European explorer and
stated he saw monsters swimming around in the lake in the early 1600’s. Lake
Champlain Monster is a sea monster that is known to live in Lake Champlain.
Some people refer to the lake as “Lake Champ” for short. Champlain forms the
border between New York and Vermont. The lake reaches all the way across to
Canada. Lake Champlain runs 109 miles long and 11 miles in width. Many people
refer to Lake Champlain’s as a version of the loch ness monster.
The first sighting of the lake monster comes
from a Native American who says he saw the monster in the lake and refers to it
as a “beast.” (“Lake Champlain Monster”). Numerous sightings have been reported
over the years about seeing the Lake Champlain Monster. People who have claimed
to see the monster describe it as having a long neck, a head that resembles
that of a horse, humps going up and down the back, and having a dark toned skin
color. Champlain monster is 15-50 feet. Although these individuals describe the
lake monster with these certain characteristics, Samuel de Champlain described
the monster totally different.
to the explorer, Samuel Champlain, the monster he saw in the lake was only 5
feet long instead of 15-50 feet long. (“Lake Champlain Monster”). He also
claimed the monster had sharp teeth, such as fangs, and the head did not
resemble a horse’s head, but instead more of an oval appearance. Later research
finds the monster Samuel de Champlain claimed to have spotted was a plesiosaur.
These types of creatures are extinct now and lived thousand of years ago.
Lake Champ had many attractions and
was very popular in the ‘60s but after then the tourists and attractions died
down a little bit; this was until a photo film came out of the monster. A woman
named Sandra Mansi, is the only person recorded in the world who has a
photograph of the Champlain Monster. On July 5, 1997 Sandra and her husband
were out on Lake Champlain with their two children. As Sandra was sitting on the
shore, while her husband ventured to the car to grab the camera, is when she
spotted the monster. Mansi had not a clue what she was seeing in the water, but
she claimed to have thought it was a school of fish at first. Mansi stated in an interview, “I was scared to
death…I felt like I shouldn’t be there” (Mansi). Mansi and her family gained a
good fortunate of capturing what could be the only photograph of Lake
There were three analysis’s done
of Mansi’s photograph because many people believed the photo to be a hoax. One professor
whose specialty was dynamics examined the photo. Professor LeBlond was able to
announce the approximate length and width of the monster’s lower and front
portions, but not the middle section because it was under water. (Lake Champlain)
Ben Radford, another man who
analyzed Mansi’s photograh had a different description of the monster than
LeBlond. According to Radord the head of the monster is not connected with the
hump of the monster. Radford states, “The actual
body contortion is very unusual and unlikely for nearly any type of living
monster is a very mysterious, skeptical creature. It’s crazy to believe there actually
could be this huge, atrocious monster swimming around Lake Champlain. Many
people believe a monster truly lives in Champ’s lake, while other people
believe it is just a legend and there isn’t anything living down in the sands
of Lake Champlain. So, here’s a question for you. Do you believe in Lake
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