The first documented sighting by western settlers occurred in 1920 when workers cutting ties at the upper end of the lake thought they saw a log in the lake. The “log” began to move. Reports continued to trickle in of something in the lake until the 1940s. An auditor with the
Then in September 1946 twenty witnesses sighted a serpent-like creature "between 30 and 40 feet long," according to the Payette Lakes Star newspaper. Earlier that summer, a sighting by another group of nine people from
Sightings have continued to trickle in over the decades with several in the 1980s and 1990s and the most recent documented sighting in 2002. A 1980 report by a biologist at Bloomsberg State College in Bloomsberg, Pennsylvania, concluded outright (and without eyewitness) that Sharlie was indeed an as-of-yet unheralded species—albeit one at the brink of extinction.
There was this sighting in 1996:
“Of course I didn’t have any fear. I was just fascinated,” recalls Kate Wolf of
Article about 1940’s sighting :
From time to time over 15 years, people have seen an enormous sea serpent glubbing about in
But this summer the serpent has been popping up with cuckoo-clock regularity. Since July 2, some 30 people (including Republicans and teetotalers) have found themselves staring at his periscope-like head. The first witnesses conservatively discussed the serpent in secrecy and only among their closest friends. But Thomas L. Rogers, auditor of a stodgy
"The serpent was about 50 feet away and going five miles an hour with a sort of undulating motion," said the auditor. "His head, which resembles that of a snub-nosed crocodile, was 18 inches above the water. I'd say he was 35 feet long."
So could this just be a sturgeon? The crocodile like nose would suggest so. Maybe more sightings will turn up more evidence to confirm or deny it.