Friday, 20 March 2009

a Cumbrian rival for Nessie?

There is allegedly a 50ft long creature in Lake Windermere, with a head shaped like a dog, The so called monster was snapped from 1000 feet up a mountain, by Linden Adams whilst out walking with his wife, in February 2006. ‘The water was incredibly peaceful, then this huge, dark “thing” appeared, diving and thrashing around,’ he said.Adams’ sighting came just months after another tourist claimed to have witnessed a lesser 20ft beast performing similar antics. The 50ft long “creature” was snapped by photographer Linden Adams, 35, who was out walking with his wife near Windermere.They were at a secluded spot more than 1,000ft up a mountain when they spotted a dark shape moving in the water. “It just came out of the blue,” said Mr Adams.
“The water was incredibly peaceful and then this huge thing appeared, diving and thrashing around.”He thought it was 50ft long when compared to boats nearby.
“I snatched the binoculars from my wife and gasped when I got a better look.
“I could see this huge dark thing moving in the water.”
He said it had a head like a labrador, only “much, much bigger”.
Mr Adams, from Bowness-on-Windermere, said he knew the lake well and what he saw was not a freak wave or boat.His sighting came just months after claims by a tourist that they saw a 20ft “serpent-like” creature..Mr Adams christened his find the Bowness monster. He sent his picture to a forensic photographer who confirmed it had not been digitally enhanced. Ian Winfield, a fish ecologist for the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology at Lancaster University, believes Mr Burnip could have seen a catfish, as they have been introduced to a lot of lakes for angling.“The Wels catfish comes from mainland Europe and can grow to about 5meters and weigh up to 306kg and there have been numerous records of catfish washing up dead in Cumbrian lakes,” said Mr Whitfield. Another theory is that it is a giant sterile eel. Eel, fish or optical illusion? View the evidence and decide.

More on both stories here including more photos.

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