Canada’s very own Loch Ness monster reared its large head in Lake Okanagan this month, making it the first time that it’s been seen in several years.
In the past three weeks, British Columbia visitors and residents have spotted the legendary Ogopogo beast rearing its head out the deep lake.
David and Keith Halbauer were enjoying a picnic at the lake on September 12 when they noticed the large monster, Global News reports.
‘When you’re sitting by the beach on a sunny day you don’t expect to see a dinosaur come out of the water,’ David Halbauer said.
‘I saw this black form come out of the water — cylindrical — and then roll.’
According to the brothers, the animal has the appearance of a ‘giant snake’ and appears to be about 15m long.
Since that spotting, two other folks have come forward with their own accounts of seeing the beast that was long described in indigenous communities.
It was said that the monster would rise from the water when storms battered the lake. A more official sighting was first documented in 1972.
The Ogopogo is said to have a long body with several bumps and the head of a horse.
Bill Steciuk, a Ogopogo fanatic who runs a lake monster website and lives in the nearby city of Kelowna, was shocked by the influx of sightings.
‘There haven’t been a lot of Ogopogo sightings lately, which is the problem,’ he explained. ‘Then all of a sudden you have three in three weeks — totally amazing.’
Steciuk had tried to snap his own photo of the beast, only able to do so in 2015 and 150m from the shore.
He believes that the Ogopogo isn’t the only of its kind either.
‘The theory is, that eons ago, this lake was open to the ocean,’ he added.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Matthew Wright