I found the following from 2005 whilst browsing the web:
Wednesday, February 23, 2005. 'Loch Ness' eel frightens tourist”
A monster eel, which is believed to have taken up residence at a Warburton trout farm, east of Melbourne, has reportedly been sighted this morning. The eel, which is said to be at least three metres long with a head the size of a football, has been scaring fishermen at Tommy Finn's trout farm. Farm manager Gary Wales says an Irish tourist got the fright of his life when he encountered the eel early this morning. "Next thing he's banging on me bloody wall on the door of the house, banging, saying 'Gary, Gary I've seen it'. So I flew out of bed right, I said 'how big is it mate?' He said 'big as my bloody car'," he said. The operators of a trout farm are offering a $1000 reward to anyone who catches what has been described as Melbourne's own Loch Ness monster. It is believed the eel washed into the farm's ponds during this month's record breaking storms.
Reward offered for Melbourne 'Loch Ness' eel
The operators of a trout farm are offering a $1000 reward to anyone who catches Melbourne's own Loch Ness monster. A giant eel, believed to be around four metres long with a head the size of a football has been spotted at the trout farm at Warburton. It is believed the eel washed into the farm's ponds during this month's record breaking storms. Farm manager Gary Wales says efforts to catch the giant creature have so far been unsuccessful. "We don't want it harmed, this things probably 30-years-old, and he's come here probably by mistake and he's found himself a good little home and plenty of food," he said. "We hope to catch him alive and take him to the Melbourne Aquarium." He says he has never heard of such a large eel before. "No. Maybe it's Nessy, Nessy's offspring maybe, who knows, but no, it's a big eel.
Does anyone know if they caught it and what happened to it? It would be fascinating to study and may well be a relative of Nessie!
P. S. This is a blog I also sent to CFZ so apologies if you read it twice. My cat, Baggins, is very ill and I have just returned from the vets. He may not last the day, so I feel justified in not writing a new blog. My time is better spent with the cat today in case it is goodbye.
Hmm this sounds familiar like a promotion for Steve Alten's book: The Loch. He hypothesized that it was a large eel.
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