Located in eastern
The water in the lake is laden with rust, from the surrounding mountains which are rich in iron and is about 135 feet deep. Some divers looking for a body said it was frightening in the water, being so dark. (reminiscent of Loch Ness with it’s dark peat filled waters) There has been about 1000 sightings recorded of something large in the
White men didn't settle near
Father Leopold Plante, saw the creature in 1957 while fishing near his church at St. Eleuthere. "The lake was as calm as a mirror." he explains, "You could see a toothpick floating. All of a sudden, about a thousand feet from shore, I saw this big, black thing floating. It was like two pieces, with a depression in the middle. Then as I was pulling my line in, it went swoosh under the water and it was gone."
The creature, nicknamed Ponik began to be seen more frequently, when a new road was opened around the lake. (another similarity to Loch Ness, sightings escalated after 1933 when the road was built along the side of the
Father Calixte Berube, saw the creature only a few years ago, and it was witnessed by fifteen other people. "It was about 4 o'clock in the afternoon," he recounts, "...we had a magnificent view of the lake. We saw the back with the dorsal fin. It frolicked like a fish, and shimmered in the sun. It disappeared and reappeared further along; one moment it began to turn around and around as if it were amusing itself. There wasn't time to take photographs. People stopped on the road to watch."
The was a photo taken on June 16, 1981 by Mrs. Sylvie Theriault-Lavoie, who watched the extensive wake of something very large just below the surface.. Whatever was making the wake was "moving at a good speed." she stated but I have not been able to locate a copy of the photo. There have been a few photos over the years but none show anything of significance. (again like Loch Ness)
There have been long periods of inactivity at
I have translated the written testimony below but my French is rusty so it may not make complete sense:
Eye witness testimony
In the middle of July 1944, I was ten years and I helped my father to make hay on our lots by the lake. Three or four weeks per year we lived in a small log cabin camp on
This meeting haunted my nights for a few months, until in an encyclopedia, I discovered marine mammals and dinosaurs with little in the form of the beautiful beast that I saw in this beautiful day of July 1944. And ever thereafter, I agreed to him being called "monster of
Grand rake: tillage instrument coupled to a horse used to collect the hay cut and put into windrows.
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An article (from wcsh6.com)
- For centuries people in
So monster or large fish ? Who knows but an intriguing tale never the less and one that has strange parallels with Loch Ness ,a similar lake. Maybe speculation that these lakes all house some hybrid creatures is right or maybe it is just that the size of the lake allows something to grow to enormous size . I love these