Lake Monsters, Water Beasts
Bannik is the bathhouse spirit in Slavic mythology. Slavic bathhouses resemble saunas, with an inner steaming room and an outer changing room. A place where women gave birth and practiced divinations, the bathhouse was strongly endowed with vital forces. The third firing (or fourth, depending on tradition) was reserved for the Bannik, and, given his inclination to invite demons and forest spirits to share his bath, no Christian images were allowed lest they offend the occupants.
In December 1998, a common octopus was captured in Matoya Bay, Japan, which had a whopping 96 tentacles. The unusual octopus had the normal 8 appendages attached to the body, but each one of those branched out to form the extra tentacles. The specimen survived for five months after its capture, and even laid eggs, which hatched into normal 8 tentacled octopi. Upon its death, the 96-tentacled octopus was preserved and now remains on permanent display at the Shima Marineland Aquarium in Japan.
A mysterious sea creature featuring what appear to be horns on its head was discovered in the advanced stages of decomposition along the shoreline of Luis Siret Beach in Villaricos, Spain, on Thursday August 21, 2013. It stretches 13 feet from top to bottom and the "horns" are thought to be bones that have fallen out of place although sea life specialists cannot identify the creature...
The picture above was taken in 1959 by a Belgium helicopter pilot, Col. Remy Van Lierde, while on patrol over the congo. The snake he saw measured approximately 40 to 50 feet in length, dark brown/green with a white belly. It had triangle shaped jaws and a head about 3 ft x 2 ft. Experts have analyzed the pictures and have verified them as authentic. They also have verified the size of the creature by matching ground features to the snake.
This mysterious shape was captured by photographer Mark Harrison while riding on a ferry off the Seacombe district of Wirral in the United Kingdom on the morning of May 25. Experts claim that it could be a harbor porpoise or a basking shark, but Harrison says, "Me? Clearly, I believe it's Nessie on her hols!"
Mahamba is a cryptid rumoured to lurk in the People's Republic of the Congo, around the Lake Likouala swamp region. It is purported to be an enormous crocodile; reaching lengths of up to 50 feet (15 m). Some have speculated that it is a freshwater relic of the mosasaurs; huge, sea-dwelling lizards which were presumed extinct by the end of the Cretaceous period.
The Ningen are creatures that just recently started being spotted by Japanese fishermen. Some describe the creatures as being albino, somewhat shaped like a human and up to 90 feet in length. What could the Ningen be? Some have speculated that they are giant, albino rays, while others have somewhat odder theories, i.e. aliens, water demons, aliens, and other. With so little known about the ocean the Ningen can't simply be dismissed, but whether or not they truly exist is still a mystery.
The border separating Quebec from Vermont runs through dairy fields, traverses a small wood and crosses an abbreviated beach before diving a little over 300 feet under the cold waters of Lake Memphremagog, a 39-square-mile amoeba of glacial water that either does or doesn't contain a 30-foot-long monster. If the lake doesn't contain a monster, its most notable feature is probably its hilly shore, which bursts into riotous color come fall and presents an inviting destination for American leaf pe…
Bessie is described as a gray, snakelike create that inhabits Lake Erie, first sighted in 1817 and is about 20~30ft long . Sighting have been recorded as far back as 1898 .Some believe it may be a huge sturgeon . The American Hockey League team from Cleveland, the Lake Erie Monsters, is named after Bessie. Possibly a large sturgeon. Lake Erie was known as the caviar capital of America till the sturgeon were almost fished out of existence there, but is slowly making a comeback.
Located in the North Cascades National Forest, the beautiful waters of Lake Chelan certainly look inviting. But there’s something dangerous lurking beneath “Washington’s Playground.” According to one legend, Native Americans discovered a devil living in its depths and tried to kill the beast by damming the lake. But, like any good horror movie monster, it survived.The creature resurfaced in 1892. According to a local newspaper, an unidentified young man was bathing in the lake when some very sh…
The Serpent of Silver Lake, New York - Under the surface of Silver Lake—“a beautiful sheet of water three miles long”—strange things swam. Native Americans long reported seeing unidentified animals, and one night in 1855, fishermen saw the “most horrid and repulsive-looking monster,” according to the Wyoming Times, a New York newspaper. A subsequent search turned up nothing. Still, crowds flocked to the area to catch a glimpse of the 60-foot-long lake serpent....