Early explorers thought the lake was an inland extension of the
Pacific Ocean through an underground tunnel , or that a river connected the lake to the ocean. The indigenous people told early settlers that the lake was inhabited by a terrible monster with an enormous head.
In the 1840s, a certain Brother Bainbridge reported seeing a monster with a dolphin-like body in the lake near
. Antelope Island
The Corinne Reporter stated that in 1870 many cattle belonging to theThen in 1877 The Corinne Record published the report of a monster located off Monument Point on the northern shores of the
LDS Church had disappeared from where the church kept its herd. The Reporter suggested that some people thought a subterranean cavern connected Antelope Island Bear Lake and the Great Salt Lake, and that a migratory Bear Lake Monster was responsible for the disappearance of the cattle.
"A huge mass of hide and fin rapidly approaching, and when within a few yards of the shore it raised its enormous head and uttered a terrible bellow ... (It was) a great animal like a crocodile or alligator ... but much larger ... It must have been seventy-five feet long, but its head was not like an alligator's -- it was more like a horse's."
The men ran to the mountains and didn't come back down until daylight. They were horrified when they returned to see large rocks turned over and the ground badly torn up along the trail taken by the monster. The editor of the Record vouched for the correspondent as 'a man whose veracity cannot be impeached.' .
newspaper in 1890 reported a pod of whales had been spotted swimming in the Provo
There are reports of lake creatures from several
lakes including Bear lake : Utah
However I have my doubts about anything surviving in the high salinity of
but it could of course been just passing through on it’s way through the wetlands to another lake. The Salt Lake lakes stories all arose at a similar time which people put down to a media hoaxes , but that does not explain more recent sightings on some of the lakes. What do you think Salty monster or hoax? Utah
An article about mythical monsters in The Dead Sea , another high saline body of water :
Int. J. Salt
Lake Res. 1(2) (1992) 1-8. The Dead Sea monster. Arie Nissenbaum
Over at Phantoms and Monsters a tale of the Salt lake flying reptile:
History of the
Monster in the Media: Utah Lake